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Pencil and Paper

The online magazine, Art of Education (AOE), posted an article recently about pencils and paper. I thought this article might be of interest to those of you who lead sketching and drawing workshops.

Tracy Hare, AOE Content Director and middle school art teacher, wrote How to Choose the Right Drawing Pencil and Paper Every Time. In her post she provides two helpful guides. One is a guide to pencil hardness/softness. The second guide is about the content, finish and weight of papers used in the art classroom. Both guides are free and available online. Download the guides and make copies for yourself and your students.



About AOE

The Art of Education is a resource dedicated to providing “Ridiculously Relevant™ Professional Development” to art educators. The service they offer includes online professional development classes and an online conference for art teachers.

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Imagine engaging students in conversation about plant morphology, insect morphology, metamorphosis, scale, point of view, value, color blending, symmetry, analogous colors, neutral colors, careers in scientific illustration, Georgia O’Keeffe AND Maria Sibylla Merian.

The resource to help you accomplish such a spectacular feat is the focus of this week’s column. It is only two-pages and it’s free.

Get “Beginning with a Flower”


Resource

Russell, Scott. 2012. Beginning with a flower. SchoolArts. May/June 2012. Retrieved from http://www.davisart.com/Promotions/SchoolArts/PDF/5_12_early-childhood-studio-art-lesson-plan-beginning-with-a-flower.pdf

(Updated 9/18/14)



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The ART-BIO Collaborative invites you to Puerto Rico during Spring Break!

Spring Break participants will have the exclusive opportunity to display their artwork in an Art+Science exhibition featured in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Cambridge Science Festival this April.

Here is the latest news at Classes Near You > Massachusetts.


ART+BIO Collaborative

www.artbiocollaborative.com
The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.

    Island Life with the Art-Bio Collaborative
    March 9-16, 2014
    Join us in the Caribbean this Spring Break for a one-of-a-kind, art+nature immersion experience in Puerto Rico. Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife from rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation and various biological and natural history methods, we will learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio/lab to make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature.

    Registration Deadline: February 28, 2014
    Cost: $1,800.00

    View Details/Register

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Paardebloem [De Europische insecten], Merian, Maria Sibylla, 1647-1717,Transfer print, hand-colored, 1730, Dandelion, with caterpillar. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Paardebloem [De Europische insecten], Merian, Maria Sibylla, 1647-1717,Transfer print, hand-colored, 1730, Dandelion, with caterpillar. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.

Sometimes we work on projects and wish we could include an image from a historic resource or an image created by a famous artist to show connections or to reinforce learning. Many good ideas have been cast aside because of questions like — Where do I look for the image I want to use? How do I ask for permission to use it? How much will it cost?

The Getty Research Institute has made the dilemma of image use a little easier to manage thanks to their Open Content Program. Launched in August 2013, the Open Content Program features digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or images that are in the public domain. The database has more than 10,000 images of works of art that include paintings, drawings, artists’ sketchbooks, sculptures and much more. The Getty Museum released 4,600 Museum images in August and the Research Institute added 5,400 in October. These images can be used for any purpose. No permission is required and the images can be used for free.

Natural history artists and educators will find many items of interest in the Open Content Program. For starters, it has 1,397 images about the natural world. Included are works of art by Maria Sibylla Merian and Jan van Huysum. Users can search for artists by name, search for specific types of art (e.g., drawing, photographs, etc.) or search by topic. Searches for topics such as trees, plants, flowers, and insects will keep you busy for quite a while.

This database is large and you will find yourself clicking here, there and everywhere. If you get lost in your own search, all you have to do is click on the Search History tab at the top of the page to view your search history and to revisit subjects you have explored.

The Getty Research Institute has made art and history accessible to everyone and it is a wonderful resource for artists, naturalists and educators.

Visit the Open Content Program



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Making images as natural as speaking.

– Heinemann Publishing

This is the focus of New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing by Ruth Hubbard and Karen Ernst, a collection of case studies about teachers integrating art, science and writing in their classrooms. Thirteen educators contributed to this book and generously share classroom activities and their own learning processes with readers. Here is what you’ll find inside this enlightening resource:

    Drawing Rachel In
    Susan Benedict, elementary school teacher
    Benedict shares how she helped a 4th grade student with her writing and reading through nature journaling.

    Widening the Frame: Reading, Writing and Art in Learning

    Karen Ernst, teacher and author
    Ernst describes how she created her artists workshop, a structured yet flexible workshop in which students actively engage in literature, art and writing.

    Writing Pictures, Painting Words: Artists Notebooks in Literacy Workshops

    Nancy Winterbourne, elementary school teacher
    Winterbourne’s research interests include how drawing in science journals helps students use complex verbs to explain their observations. In this chapter, Winterbourne provides examples of how children’s communication skills are enhanced when they integrate drawing and writing.

    Opening Up to Art: Imagery and Story in a High School Reading Class

    Peter Thacker, teacher
    Thacker shares how he became an artist and learned how to create images with his students.

    Beyond Answers

    Jill Ostrow, teacher and author
    Ostrow writes about how to look at math concepts visually. She shares the problem-solving picture strategies her students created in her class.


    Putting Art on the Scientist’s Palette

    Mary Stein (scientist) and Brenda Power (writer)
    Stein and Power offer practical suggestions about how teachers can integrate art, science and language to move beyond the perceived boundaries between disciplines. 


    Imagination Through Images: Visual Responses to Literature

    Ruth Shagoury Hubbard
    Hubbard discusses how students can use drawing and writing to help them understand what they read.


    Reading the Image and Viewing the Words: Languages Intertwined

    Irene C. Fountas (Professor, Education)
    Janet L. Olson (Professor, Art Education)
    Fountas and Olson discuss how reading informs drawing and how viewing images informs writing. 


    Parallel Journeys: Exploring Through Art and Writing in Fourth Grade

    Peter von Euler, teacher
    Peter von Euler explains how the use of “observational journals” helped his students unite writing and art. 


    I Look at My Pictures and Then Try It: Art as a Tool for Learning

    Jean Anne Clyde (Professor, Literacy)
    Clyde shares a story about a student’s use of art as a learning tool and how this student searched for meaning in texts, learned from others and integrated drama, art and math.


    Reclaiming the Power of Visual Thinking with Adult Learners

    Ruth Shagoury Hubbard
    Through her work, Hubbard aims to make “visual language” commonplace among adults. In this chapter, she offers suggestions about how to introduce adults to visual learning.


    Background, Foreground: From Experience to Classroom Practice

    Karen Ernst
    Ernst writes about a summer art workshop for teachers and how this workshop made teachers more sensitive to how their students learn.


    Drawing My Selves Together: An Editor’s Notebook

    Toby Gordon, education publisher
    Editor Toby Gordon describes how editing the book Picturing Learning by Karen Ernst helped move her past negative comments about her work made by her kindergarten teacher.


New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing
is no longer in print. Search for a used copy at your favorite independent used bookstore.


Literature Cited

Hubbard, Ruth Shagoury and Karen Ernst. 1996. New Entries: Learning by Writing and Drawing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann



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fsc2014 The Field Studies Council in England has announced its schedule of classes for 2014. Click on the image to view their 52-page brochure listing 350 classes about plants, art and nature.

This is what’s new at
Classes Near You > England.


Field Studies Council

www.field-studies-council.org
Founded in 1943, the Field Studies Council (FSC) provides learning opportunities about the environment for all ages and abilities. Visit their website to learn more about interdisciplinary fieldwork opportunities, classes for individuals and families, publications and profession development courses. Courses are held across the FSC network of UK Centers, from the Scottish Highlands to the south Devon coast. The extensive schedule of classes for 2013 includes:

Botany Courses – Courses include studies of flowers, trees, grasses and grasslike plants, ferns, freshwater and wetland plants, lichens, fungi, general plants, mosses and liverworts. View Details/Register

Natural History Courses – Courses include studies of the natural world, birds and other animals, habitats and conservation. View Details/Register

Art Courses – Courses include painting, drawing, crafts (e.g. bookbinding), traditional skills (e.g., basketry), photography, archeology and botanical illustration. Get information about FSC botanical illustration courses online.

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Please welcome the ART+BIO Collaborative to Classes Near You > Massachusetts!


ART+BIO Collaborative

www.artbiocollaborative.com
The ART+BIO Collaborative in Cambridge, MA fosters the integration of science, nature, and art through novel collaborations, research, and education. They design innovative art+science curriculum and turn public spaces into interactive learning environments.

    ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico
    January 10-17, 2014

    Escape the cold winter to the Caribbean in this one-of-a-kind, art+nature immersion experience in Puerto Rico! Join instructors, Stephanie Dowdy-Nava and Saul S. Nava, for an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife from rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments. Through hands-on observation, artistic interpretation and various biological methods, participants will learn to utilize the natural habitat as a studio/lab to make informed art about tropical plants, animals, and nature.

    Cost: $1750 (before November 1, 2013)
    Cost: $1920 (after November 1, 2013)
    Registration Deadline: December 1, 2013

    View Details/Register

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