No Printing Press, No Problem: How to Build a Bottle Jack Press

Since its inception, printmaking has revolutionized the world as we know it. It gave writers, publishers, and artists the advantage of making copies. In turn, it exposed more people to their work faster. Some of the earliest printing methods were used in China around the 9th century, which involved using hand-carved blocks. In the 15th … Read more

9 Strategies to Build Rapport With Your Students From the Start

It’s that time of year when we prepare to welcome new students into our art rooms. It is also the perfect time to plan activities to establish relationships and build rapport. Start from the beginning to set the tone. Cultivate a community of artists who are motivated to learn and succeed in the art room. … Read more

A Unique Portrait Lesson to Build Empathy and Share Stories

What do Freddie Mercury, Albert Einstein, Mila Kunis, Salvador Dalí, the Dalai Lama, Gloria Estefan, MIA, Wassily Kandinsky, and Madeleine Albright all have in common? According to my high school students, they are all talented, bright, and leaders in their fields. They also experienced being displaced from their homes. While refugees and internally displaced people … Read more

Plans to Build a Holocaust Memorial in London Halted

A Holocaust memorial and education center slated to be built next to London’s Parliament and to begin construction later this year has been called off by the high court. Critics of the project, expected to be completed in 2025 at a cost of £100 million (~$130 million), question the monument’s placement, citing its incursion on … Read more

Use Installation Art to Build Community With These Fun Ideas

Installation art is exciting and thought-provoking and can seem quite complicated for the art room. However, a focus on artmaking experiences that use multiples is an invitation for everyone in the class to participate. Students can work on different pieces that combine to form a final installation. Learning extends beyond the art room walls when … Read more