art case studies

29
Feb

It’s Never Too Early to Start Art

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Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Virginia combed through data about the educational trends in teaching kindergarten and first grade.  The perhaps obvious finding was that over the prior ten years there was more testing, more rigorous reading and math proficiency goals and generally higher expectations of incoming five-year-olds, leaving significantly less […]

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09
Dec

Accessing the Art World

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When I was growing up in Columbus, Ohio, we’d take family trips to the Columbus Museum of Art.  I remember three things about those trips. One was a Deborah Butterfield horse in the lobby that seemed huge at the time; another was a frayed Renaissance tapestry that filled the main stairwell.  The third was a […]

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04
Nov

New art lesson! — inspired by artist Ruth Asawa

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After months of rigorous research, development and testing Art in Action has added a new art lesson based on the sculpture of Japanese-American artist and California native Ruth Asawa (1926-2013). Asawa’s work helped change the definition of sculpture. In 1950 she submitted an artwork made of her signature looped-wire to the San Francisco Museum of […]

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14
Oct

Reflections — Jeffrey Dollinger, Executive Director

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One of the things I love most about Art in Action is the way that it allows the entire school community to reflect on what is important to them in education.  Art makes the deepest impact in a school where the teachers, parents and students collaborate to provide space for creativity and expression.   Space […]

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14
Oct

art in action featured in education magazine

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Program Manager Kelly Bravo’s article: STEAM ON! Designing Art Lessons that Integrate with Core Curriculum was recently featured in Education Closet’s STEAMed digital magazine.  The article takes the reader through how we created our new Spirals in Nature lesson as Kelly provides advice on how to work with subject specialists, parent volunteers and classroom teachers […]

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11
Aug

Back-to-school with Art in Action

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It may be hard to believe, but it is already back-to-school for many of our Art in Action schools.  Anticipation and excitement are especially evident in our kindergarten parent docents who are not only starting an educational journey for their eager young children, but are also passionately ensuring that those young minds have full access […]

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18
Jun

Stanford’s Gardner Center: Arts Education Important to Child Development

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Art in Action is thrilled to be featured in a John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities Perspective by Erin Raab, a doctoral candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.  Raab, who is working on the Art in Action project at the Gardner Center, argues that an arts education develops a range […]

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14
May

Art and the Migration of Ideas

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Memorial Day will soon be here, marking the beginning of summer and the end of another school year. Memorial Day, of course, was created to remember the sacrifices soldiers have made on behalf of America. It seems fitting then, that we take a moment to reflect on our fifth grade curriculum in which students take a tour […]

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