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21
Aug

Why You Should Study the History Behind the Artwork

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In art, we often focus on the process and techniques used to make the art piece. Though the aesthetic of the product is often mesmerizing, we can learn more about the cultural norms and history when the piece was made by digging deeper into the piece’s past. Each art piece can tell us something about […]

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11
Aug

4 Ways to Continue Art at Home

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Teach Art at Home: Tips & Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers With the shift to virtual learning, we are forced to make the best of what we have, which often means the internet, free resources and household materials. Many students do not have access to typical art supplies, but art teachers are still looking for […]

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11
Aug

Summer 2020- Family Volunteers!

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The staff at Art in Action consider ourselves a family.  During this stressful time in the world, it’s been comforting to work together and support each other, not solely in work, but in our daily lives. When our offices were able to reopen in June, we realized we needed additional support to achieve our goals. […]

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11
Aug

Art in Action Volunteer Spotlight: Margaret Sena

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Margaret Sena is currently the Assistant Dean and Associate Director of El Centro Chicano y Latino. She helped rewrite several lessons to make them more relevant and volunteered her time to educate students on the history behind the art lessons. As a class coordinator, she works to ensure that Art in Action is representing a […]

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05
Aug

5 Reasons Why Art is Necessary to Your Child’s Learning

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Many people see art in schools as only an extracurricular activity. When schools lose funding, the arts programs are usually the first to go. But why doesn’t the mainstream push STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) instead of STEM or incorporate art into the subjects students should focus on? Instead of seeing art as simply […]

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23
Jul

Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Ruth Housenbold

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Ruth Housenbold served as a board member on the Strategic Program Advisory Committee but now continues to support Art in Action in the classroom as a docent and volunteer. We are so thankful for her continuous support and we appreciate everything she has done for Art in Action!   1) How did you get involved […]

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21
Jul

AiA Lesson Highlight – 2-4 Nelly Mae Rowe, Stormey Weather

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Nellie Mae Rowe was born in 1900, one of nine daughters to a former slave. She spent her entire life in rural Georgia near Atlanta and worked as a maid most of her life.  Rowe’s work is considered Folk Art because she was self-taught and her work represents the lifestyles and traditions of the deep […]

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16
Jul

Art in Action Advocate Spotlight: Karen Canty

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Karen Canty has been a long-term advocate for Art in Action over decades. Besides her work on the Board of Directors, Canty has helped as both a donor and volunteer, even helping organize OBJECT: ART, our annual fundraising gala. We are thankful for her ongoing commitment to our mission and unwavering support of all that […]

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14
Jul

AiA Lesson Highlight – 5-12 Frankenthaler, Blue Atmosphere

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Helen Frankenthaler was born in New York City in 1928. She developed Color Field painting in the 1960s and 1970s, which involves staining canvases by pouring paint on them and then tipping them to move the paint around. These paintings appear calm since the “soak, stain” method is slower than the style of action painters […]

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10
Jul

Volunteer Spotlight: Jim Garrison

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1) How did you first get involved with AiA, and how have you remained involved over the years? I first got involved when I was an art teacher at Crystal Springs Uplands School. I became friends with one of my students, who later came back after he graduated and helped me in my classes. His […]

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