The Secret to Making Artistic Careers Visible

Painter Henri Matisse is famous for saying “creativity takes courage.” And he’s right – creativity is hard! It takes grit, persistence and will, but for many kids (and adults!), they need the ‘why’. Why should I learn about art? Why is art important? How is creativity relevant to me? And now more than ever, it’s important for students, parents, and the community to see the relevant connection of artistic careers to life. Relevant Connections You have heard it before: we are currently educating students for careers yet to be invented, so get your students and parents exploring the multitude of artistic careers! Begin by having your students dig deeper utilizing the 4 Cs. Ask them to conside

App Smashing Buncee + Plotograph

The following is a guest post by art educator Matt Grundler. Scroll below to read his bio! As an art educator you find yourself experimenting with apps all the time. First off, you use your apps that you are more comfortable with and can rock in any situation. Then you start looking toward your professional network and making more connections to a wider variety of educators, app developers, and other resources, even revisiting apps that might have new updates and features. That is how I came to find Buncee. As I began to look more into the Buncee app and visiting with them at a convention, I found that educators were using it to recreate famous masterworks of art. With my inquisitive mind, I

The Principles of Design in Visual Arts

In the art room we have concepts that we revisit at the start of each year, including Building Foundation Vocabulary in Visual Arts, as well as the Principles of Design. Another one of the key concepts, that happens to spiral and allow for visual understanding in which sophistication grows, is composition. My personal go-to was a breakdown of the Principles of Design and simple viewfinder cut out of an index card. First, I’d have students spend time observing, looking at master works, I would pull from the 250 selected works from the AP Art History Course and look to identify works that demonstrate strong contrast, unity, rhythm etc. Then we’d spend time going outside with our viewfinders t