Face2Face in Ottawa
November 08, 2017

Face2Face in Ottawa

One of the most important mandates that secondary schools in Canada have is to ensure that young adults understand their role in the community. When Ottawa Education Programs Officer, Olga Zeale, contacted our art department about a special project to highlight Canadian Archives Awareness Week, I knew our students would enthusiastically embrace the task, which […]

AMPed Up Curriculum / Article 3 of 10
October 05, 2017

AMPed Up Curriculum / Article 3 of 10

Article 3 of 10 Get Buggy with Your ART! by Debi West I think one of the most important things to consider when creating your advanced visual art curriculum, is how to propel the technical while keeping your students completely engaged. This can be tricky, so years ago as I was organizing my lessons, I put […]

Knowledge and New Friends through Artist Trading Cards
September 06, 2017

Knowledge and New Friends through Artist Trading Cards

This experience came about when a friend—also an art teacher and AP® Studio Art Reader—and I wanted to conduct a lesson that would connect our classes. We decided on Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and proceeded to introduce the lesson to our respective students at the start of the school year. Before starting on the cards, […]

My Initials as Art
August 08, 2017

My Initials as Art

At the beginning of each school year, I present assignments that allow my middle-school students to immediately connect with the art lesson. In this project, students’ initials are the starting point for developing the assigned work, and they discover how they can turn something as simple as their initials into a visually complex artwork. Before […]