50 SEL Sketchbook Prompts to Help Start Your Day

Are you looking for an engaging and meaningful way to begin art class? Would you like to make sketchbooks a more intentional activity? Use social-emotional learning (SEL) sketchbook prompts to connect with students and how they are feeling. Teaching upwards of one hundred students daily can make it hard to connect emotionally with each student. … Read more

How to Paint Dots | Dot Day Projects

There is just something about dots that make them the quintessential art project embellishment. I don’t know if anyone loves them quite as much as Yayoi Kusama, who’s out-of-this-world artwork inspires art teachers everywhere. Kusama is one of those highly relatable artist’s for young students. Her artwork is approachable, whimsical and covered in dots! But … Read more

“One Day This Kid” Project Commemorates the 30th Anniversary of David Wojnarowicz’s Death

Two years before he died of an AIDS-related illness at age 37, David Wojnarowicz created a poignant collage condemning America’s violent treatment of gay men. In his 1990–1991 work “Untitled (One Day This Kid),” Wojnarowicz smiles at the viewer through a photograph of himself as a school boy. Surrounding the photo — a classic Americana … Read more

10 Ways for the Art Teacher to Get Involved With Field Day

As summer approaches, so does that annual day of enthusiasm, sweat, and sunscreen—elementary field day. Students live for this moment. Shouldn’t we live for it too? Instead of waiting to be assigned a station by your PE teacher buddy or a well-meaning parent volunteer, take your field day destiny into your own hands. Of course, … Read more

Aesthetica Magazine – 5 Exhibitions for Earth Day

The first Earth Day took place on 22 April 1970. It followed a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, which had shocked the world in January 1969, 15 months earlier. The disasterd an already growing public consciousness surrounding air and water pollution, and, fueled by the sentiment of concurrent student anti-war acceleration, the idea … Read more

Aesthetica Magazine – International Women’s Day: 5 Shows to See

Held annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day is a global event celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. With this in mind, we’ve collated five exhibitions which reflect on the lives of women and girls worldwide. From films and … Read more

Sumo Wrestlers In Mid-Air, A Day Of the Dead Icon, And Other Winning World Photos

Sergio Carrasco, “The Scent of Cempasúchil” (© Sergio Carrasco, Mexico, Shortlist, Latin America National Awards; all images courtesy Sony World Photography Awards 2022) With a truly wide world of images to choose from, the World Photography Organization has nonetheless narrowed them down to some standouts, announcing the winners of the 2022 Sony World Photography National … Read more

In Honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Centering Memory, Dignity, and Justice in Art Therapy

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn January 27, 2022 | By Zachary D. Van Den Berg, MA, ATR-P, LPC-Associate & Pat B. Allen, PhD, ATR On January 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and killing centers. While Auschwitz was the largest concentration camp, it was only one of many liberated by … Read more