Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Rosemary Laing is a leading Australian photographer and her unsettling images of landscapes and skydiving women in wedding gowns are out of this world.
Image: Flight Research #5
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Without maps, some of us would be lost.
In this excellent lesson plan on the website of the Library of Congress, students examine Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map of the world.
On a related page, you can view the map and zoom in tight to see ridiculously tiny details.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Have you heard about Project AIM?
Have you heard about Project AIM?
From the online brochure:
"A national leader in the field of arts integration, the Center for Community Arts Partnerships (CCAP) at Columbia College Chicago recently published the book AIMprint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning. This dynamic teaching tool tells the story of Project AIM, CCAP’s arts integration mentorship program. Through a compilation of eloquent essays, first person testimony and curriculum samples,AIMprint provides rich perspective on the field of arts integration. Inside, readers will find lesson plans and teaching tools that readily translate into the classroom, helping them create powerful arts integrated curriculum.
Central to the work is Project AIM’s Arts Integration Learning Spiral.The Learning Spiral is a working model of how the arts engage students along different points of instruction. It provides an invaluable foundation for the collection of field-tested examples included in AIMprint. "
The Arts Integration Learning Spiral is groovy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Arts + Classroom Curriculum: Stitching It TogetherJulia Morgan Center for the ArtsIt is amazing how one work of art can be used to inspire, inform and infuse the K-12 curriculum. See how 3 classroom teachers from kindergarten, sixth, and eleventh grades create an exciting, integrated curriculum based on a 50-minute music/dance performance. Using the Lincoln Center Institute (LCI) model of aesthetic education, classroom teachers and teaching artists collaborate to design lesson plans around the same work of art, with each unit of study having a unique, developmentally appropriate line of inquiry.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Curriculum Services Canada (CSC) is the Pan-Canadian standards agency for quality assurance in learning products and programs. We are not-for-profit and provide services including development, implementation, evaluation, and accreditation of teaching and/or learning resources, and the delivery of web-based professional learning opportunities across Canada and internationally. Our organization works closely with the Ontario Ministry of Education and many of its initiatives related to curriculum and to student success.
Friday, June 19, 2009
How to Think Like a Surreal CartoonistBy CAROL KINOPublished: May 11, 2008In her two-day writer’s workshop, Lynda Barry sings, tells jokes, acts out characters and even dances a creditably sensual hula.
Who gets to dance?Where is the dance happening?What is it about?Why does it matter?
Thursday, June 18, 2009
ArtBlueprint comes out of Studio in a School and we are on our way there to take a look around. The high quality website offers "high quality art lessons that meet State and National Standards for the visual arts and literacy."
I notice that, currently, units and lessons for grades 2, 5 and 8 are available. That's useful.
Also, it's FREE, which excites me, and I'm completely enamored of this plan which promises to teach me how to make my own accordion book.
I have no idea where we're going tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
EDUCATIONMusic, Arts Instruction Lags, Study FindsBy SAM DILLONPublished: June 16, 2009Music and art instruction in American eighth-grade classrooms has remained flat over the past decade, according to a survey by the Department of Education.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
If you haven't been there yet, you are missing out.
The headline for the site promises "Thoughts on meaning-making education, the arts, and social change."
Right now, there's a post up on Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process.
Unfortunately, it's only printed on tree-killing paper.
Since online publications are much greener and accessible, I am pleased that TA Journal also publishes a blog. It's not the most updated site on our tour, but what you'll find there is terrific nonetheless.
Here's one: Leah Mayers post on handmade books is lovely.
Oh, I nearly forgot, here's Ms. Reeder's piece too, in case you missed it.
Hurry Up and Wait: TA Professional Development
by Laura Reeder
Laura Reeder does the field a huge service by giving us a synthetic and insightful overview of the various TA PD initiatives underway across the U.S. From the article:
Curiosity is at the center of an artistic life and it is certainly at the center of lifelong learning. Curiosity is now being manifested with artistic, educational, and scientific care in at least ten national research projects aimed at unraveling the mysteries of professional development for teaching artists. These studies have been shaped to answer questions about the quality and quantity of professional resources for artists who teach. A TAJ scan of this research reveals interest in subtle and unique elements that cannot easily be measured. The global finesse that we are all developing through easy-to-use survey programs, transcontinental communication, and the humanistic backlash to No Child Left Behind has ripened our opportunity to study teaching artistry.
Monday, June 15, 2009
2009 ANNUAL MEETING & END-OF-YEAR CELEBRATION
WHEN: Monday, June 22, 2009, 4:00-7:00 PM
WHERE: Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, 10th Floor, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam
- The Announcement of Election Results for the Board of Directors and other Annual Business
- A Panel Discussion on Federal Arts Education Policies, Programs, and Advocacy Issues (details below)
- End-Of-Year Reception
Good Food! Good Drink! Good Company! No RSVP Required
Panel Description: Two experts on National Arts Education Issues will discuss the latest developments in the arenas of policy, legislation, and assessment. Narric Rome, Director of Federal Affairs at Americans for the Arts, and Najean Lee, Government Affairs & Education Advocacy Manager at the League of American Orchestras, will report to us on such vital topics as the activities of the Arts Education Working Group, the reauthorization of NCLB, the Federal Stimulus Bill and its Social Innovation Fund, the National Service Initiative, and the implications of the soon-to-be released NAEP arts assessments. It promises to be a rich and informative presentation and will include ample opportunity for questions and responses from the floor. Kati Koerner, Director of Education at Lincoln Center Theater and Chair of the Roundtable's Advocacy Committee will moderate the discussion and help us begin to translate this report from Washington into an action agenda for New York.
Directions to Kaplan Penthouse: Walk west from Broadway along the north side of 65th Street (past the construction); take the stairs (or the elevator just past the stairs) up to the promenade; walk past the Walter Reade Theatre to the Rose Building. Take elevator to the 10th Floor.