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SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Playing with Hearts...Part One

Jim Dine, interviewLearning to Look, Play and Think with Jim DineJim Dine is one of those "go-to" artists in an elementary school.  Specifically his infamous "hearts" have become a staple in...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Rooted in Family...

Rooting Creativity with Treesin 2nd gradeIn their self-exploratory journey, my second grade students venture on a quest to discover a little bit about themselves and how they connect to...we...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

'Tis the Season...

Merry Holidays to AllAs the clock starts ticking towards Friday 3:25pm, we suddenly feel a sense of elation, joy and bliss.  This feeling is not because of the exodus of our students (and ou...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Learning to Look...

Investigating Henri Matisseand the Evolution of Lookingin 4th gradeThere are a lot of buzz words trending around the art education world, these days.  In the past couple of years there has b...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Exploring China...

Taking in the sights and sounds of China at the Field Museum in Chicago...Just recently, a new hall was created to feature the changing historical landscape of China.  This exhibition remind...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Traveling without Moving...

To Ghanawith Yianna and HeliosOur most recent 3rd grade adventure has taken us to the vibrant country of Ghana, following the exciting discoveries of Yianna and Helios (two precarious 3rd gr...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Showing STEAM with Frank Stella...

Celebrating a lifetime of workwith a little bit of STEAMFrank Stella, 1964, photo by Ugo MulasIt is an exciting time to visit the Whitney Museum in New York City.  To begin with, the Whitney...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

IAEA Conference 2015

Professional Development at its BestEvery year I attend and present at the annual Illinois Arts Education Association Conference.  And every year, I am revived and recharged by the amazing t...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

First Grade and Ellsworth Kelly

Exploring Shapes and Colors with Ellsworth Kellyin First GradeFirst grade brings a wonderful sense of exploration and play to the art room.  These young students are eager to manipulate mate...
SMocKroom · 1Y ago

Cheers....

to the Good Days....As teachers, we are on constant roller coasters that wind, whip, creep, climb, drop and loop throughout the years.  Some years never seem to end, while some years in a bl...