Art in school

11
Jul

Art History for Kids

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Art in Action’s Fifth Grade curriculum focuses on American art. From colonial times to Pop Art, students explore how artists depict different periods in American history by creating their own prints, sculptures and paintings.  Artists like Winslow Homer, Faith Ringgold, William Harnett, and Ruth Asawa helped to shape this country’s art movements. Here are five moments […]

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11
Jul

Why is Arts Education Important for 21st-Century Learning? 5 Reasons to Go from STEM to STEAM

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For decades, teachers have proclaimed that arts education is important. However, with the increasing focus on STEM education, the arts are not always recognized as a vital component of 21st century learning. Although the emphasis on STEM is essential to meet the needs of our ever changing economy, at Art in Action we believe that putting the […]

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23
Apr

Nurturing Self-Discovery Alongside Creative Art

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Typical parents do not think about supporting their child’s need for exploration. While some parents actively engage and develop their child’s individuality; often times, parents dismiss and discourage their child’s strengths and weaknesses without giving thought about how it affects their child. Today it seems that parents are shaping their children into who they want […]

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23
Apr

Trauma and Mental Health Art Therapy

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Young children are constantly growing. Not only are they developing physically, but they are growing mentally too. Rapid cognitive development in children occurs around the age of 2 to 5 years old. The formation of cognitive processes during childhood, such as long-term memory and critical thinking, are essential during the transition into adolescence. Unfortunately, over […]

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23
Apr

An Artistic Retrospective

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23
Apr

Healing Through Art Therapy

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What makes you unique? While it may seem simple, everyone longs for a personal identity: a form of reassurance and security in a physical world. Understanding how to perceive different people, cultures, and ideas are essential for constructing individuality. A sense of self becomes increasingly important as a child develops in a modern world. Through […]

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03
Apr

Mini Art Lesson: Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Mains aux Fleurs

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Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Spain in 1881. Picasso’s father was an art teacher who encouraged his son to paint and draw. As a child, Picasso painted with extraordinary realism and talent. As an adult, he chose to use his talent to invent new abstract styles. This lesson This lesson deconstructs Pablo Picasso’s Mains […]

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03
Apr

Mini Art Lesson: Inspired by Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach

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This MLK Jr. holiday, we celebrate King’s unbounded spirit of dreaming and the belief that ‘anyone can fly’ with a fun art project based on American artist and author Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach. Tar Beach is a story of 8-year old Cassie Lightfoot, who flies through the sky on a summer night in 1939 Harlem […]

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03
Apr

Mini Art Lesson: Inspired by Diego Rivera’s La Piñata

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Diego Rivera was born in Mexico in 1886. He lived most of his life in Mexico, where he painted murals showing Mexican culture. His murals are similar in some ways to ancient Mayan stellae. He was married to another painter, Frida Kahlo. Rivera incorporated many interests into his paintings, including science, medicine, archaeology, political history, […]

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03
Apr

Mini Art Lesson: Henri Matisse’s Beasts of the Sea

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Henri Matisse was born in France in 1869. At 20, Matisse was planning to become a lawyer. His studies were interrupted by an attack of appendicitis. During his long convalescence, Matisse began to paint and was encouraged to study art instead. Matisse wanted to express himself with color and shape rather than with realistic shading […]

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