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Five Works From Art History That Illuminate the Fourth of July

Arts | July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Five Works From Art History That Illuminate the Fourth of July

PBS LearningMedia has thousands of images from the Bridgeman Art Library, one of the largest archives of historical art images in the world. These resources spark interest in works of art and can strengthen cross-curricular learning.

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Celebrity Obsession Can Be Harmful When You Alter Your Personality

Arts | June 24, 2014 | 2 Comments

Celebrity Obsession Can Be Harmful When You Alter Your Personality

We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?

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Students’ Creative Responses to KQED-featured Artist Michael Arcega

Arts | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students’ Creative Responses to KQED-featured Artist Michael Arcega

I heard through the grapevine that arts educator Caren Andrews initiated a creative classroom project and included one of my favorite KQED Spark videos on Michael Arcega as inspiration for her students, so I tracked her down and asked her to share the project with us.

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Art Can Be Found Anywhere

Arts | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Art Can Be Found Anywhere

When we think of art, we typically think of an oil canvas painting hanging in a museum. This week, we challenged students to expand their notion of art and to identify it in everyday places like a subway station wall.

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Five Activities to Stay Creative This Summer

Arts | May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Five Activities to Stay Creative This Summer

Looking for ways to spark your creativity this summer? Check five of the greatest Art School hits, which include artists such as cartoonist Thein Pham and multimedia artist Meryl Patakay, and discover new ways to expand your creativity.

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Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

Arts | May 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

On a recent visit to Sara Stillman’s advanced art classroom at Emery Secondary School, students are immersed in a rigorous interdisciplinary mapping project on the history of Emeryville. Sparked by the Yale Initiative, a professional development program that offers K-12 teachers in urban and rural schools the opportunity to explore a topic in depth, Stillman began this unit at the high school after extensive planning at the University.

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Green Spaces Brighten Up Communities

Arts | May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Green Spaces Brighten Up Communities

Do you think green spaces are disappearing in your neighborhood? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the importance of creating and preserving green spaces in our #DoNowGreen post. We asked students, Are there areas in your neighborhood that could or should be transformed into green spaces? Or, are there existing green spaces that should be preserved? Take a picture of one of these spaces or simply take a picture of plant life growing in an unexpected area.

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Abstract Animation with Jodie Mack

Arts | May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abstract Animation with Jodie Mack

Experimental animator Jodie Mack produces colorful films that have been shown around the world. Brimming with humor and energy, her films focus on discarded materials such as fabrics, posters, photo negatives and other everyday objects that people often overlook.

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The Early Days of Bay Area Graffiti with Neon

Arts | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Early Days of Bay Area Graffiti with Neon

Starting in the 1980’s, graffiti has gained more and more respect as an art form. In fact, many graffiti artists display their work in galleries across the globe.

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Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Arts | May 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Chances are you’ve spotted the bright, vibrant colors out of the corner of your eye, splashed across the wall by graffiti artists for everyone to see, but are these pieces a form of art or an act of vandalism? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of graffiti in our #DoNowGraffiti post. We asked students, Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts. Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?

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