We hope that you are having a fantastic Spring break. In this brief post, we want to share two new products featuring artists from the art resource entitled Great African-American Artists Coloring & Activity Book. You can now purchase our puzzles featuring Clementine Hunter and Jacob Lawrence to use in your art room or at home with your family. Completing a puzzle is a great way to develop critical thinking skills. Click on each link below to purchase these colorful products.
One of the of the fun things about teaching art in the last 15 years is learning about all of the great ways to use technology in the art room. I really enjoyed looking for innovative ways to use technology in my art room. Here's a quick list of my top three favorite tech tools. (Click on each title to learn more about the tech tool.)
1. Document Camera
Before 2009, I had never heard of or used a document camera. It is an amazing multi-media tool that connects to a computer and/or LCD projector.
I loved using a Smartboard in my art room because it is interactive. Click here to find fun art activities to use with your Smartboard.
There are so many cool apps that students can use on an iPad in the art room. Click here to learn about some great drawing apps that students can use on the iPad.
What are some of the great tech tools that you use in your art room or studio?
As we come to the end of February, we are reminded of all of the amazing contributions made by African-Americans to the United States. Here at www.artforthecreativesoul.com we are fortunate to celebrate the contributions made by African-American artists all year long. Beauford Delaney is one of the artists that we celebrate. By clicking on the picture on the left, you can learn more about an art history crossword activity that was created to introduce secondary students to him and his work. Take a look at the picture below. The picture on the left is by Beauford Delaney and is entitled The Exchange. The picture on the right has 6 differences. Can you spot all of the changes?
A wonderful way to highlight African-American artists in your classroom is to engage students in a fun yet informative activity. Our new resource entitled "Great African-American Artists Memory Game" will allow students to learn important facts about prominent African-American artists while having fun. The set includes 26 different artists from around the United States who played a major role in the development of visual arts during the 20th century. Much like the old game Concentration, players take turns turning over the cards in order to find matching pairs. While there are three different ways to play the game, teachers can also use the cards as inspiration for a variety of art history lessons. Click on the art resource lessons to find more creative lesson ideas for the month of February. How are you celebrating the accomplishments of great African-Americans in your classroom?
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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