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For Kids, Art is About Control

Art is about many things, but for my 7th grade art students, it’s about freedom and control.   Many of today’s kids are over scheduled (I know, shocker).   I can ask my students on Monday what they will be … Read More

07 Jul '13

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Looking Like Me Art and Poetry Lesson

In my seventh grade art class, I’ve used this beautiful picture book, Looking Like Me, by Walter Dean Myers.   It is a colorful picture book telling the story of a young boy, and who he thinks he is, as seen … Read More

How Your Attitude Can Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

Some people believe that creativity can not be taught.  I believe through my research and almost twenty years of teaching art that creativity can and must be taught.  Having said that, there is no specific ‘formula’ to achieve this.  It … Read More

28 Sep '12

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Out of Our Minds!

If you want to understand creativity, inspire it in your classroom and increase your own, I highly recommend Ken Robinson’s “Out of Our Minds, Learning to Be Creative”.  It explains, in a clear way why it is essential to be … Read More

24 Sep '12

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Ambiguous Illustrations

As much detail as I put into my illustrations, I purposefully leave areas that are quite ambiguous.  This is by design, and is possibly the most intriguing part of the image. So much of art is what we bring to … Read More

Model Creative Thinking in Your Classroom

Using Corn Dog Art™ illustrations can help you model creative thinking in your classroom.

One of the best ways to model creative thinking in your classroom is by questioning attitudes that children have. When children look at art, they may … Read More

Talking with Children About Art

Some people are intimidated about discussing art with children.  I think it’s because they feel that they need to have all of the answers before starting the conversation.   Whether it is at a museum, gallery, or even looking at … Read More

Analyzing Corn Dog Art Illustrations with Students

When analyzing art, students must make inferences and decisions based on what they see and feel. One image may be interpreted in a myriad of ways, and that is a wonderful thing.  When looking at a work of art with … Read More

Using Judgement and Problem Solving in Art

While making art, children are constantly making decisions. Deciding how to use line, shapes, form and color can be daunting, as well as exciting.   I think this is the reason most children love making art. Almost every other aspect of … Read More

Great Museums in the New York Area

Here are some links to great museums in the NY area:

New York Public Library

Guggenheim Museum

Museum of Modern Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Metropolitan Museum

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Museum of the City of New York

International … Read More