October

October

1. The Art Shirt Friday phenomenon that I’ve been seeing each week on Instagram has been great. I love wearing art-related shirts, and I think it really does reinforce concepts with students. When they see you wear a shirt of a famous painting or inspirational phrase, they love making that connection themselves. I think Katie Allain took this one step further by wearing a gyotaku printed shirt. Apparently there is a store in Chatham, Massachusetts called Blue Water Fish Rubbings, that make these shirts using the traditional Japanese printing technique.

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2. I really love art that toys with our preconceived notions of what beauty is, which is why I am really into this illustration of an overflowing garbage can by artist, Tim Lahan.

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3. Kristina Latraverse’s Instagram feed is simply outstanding. It almost makes me want to teach middle school again :-). Even though all of the projects are blockbuster, I particularly like these cardboard self portraits by seventh graders:

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4. Erica Grainger’s collaborative collage mural (grades 1-5), paying homage to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Be sure to check it out on her Instagram feed for more info on the process!

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5. It is funny how people can be on the same wave length sometimes. Last week, an art teacher friend emailed me a video showing the playful work of street artist, David Zinn. Unbeknownst to her, I was showing my fourth graders some of his work for a street art project they were working on. The timing was perfect. I really admire street art, and think this is an artist that elementary age kids can really appreciate:

Cassie Stephens

Cassie Stephens

Craig Kane

Craig Kane