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I am Husband…Hear me Whine

I know what you want to ask. “So what is it REALLY LIKE to LIVE with Kristin, the founder of ARTK12?” Well, probably a lot like you’d expect. It’s like fireworks are going off everyday. Confetti inexplicably falls from the sky. At times the rain stops just to let us cross the street. It’s like Disneyland on steroids, a perpetual vacation at an upscale resort…

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Learning to Draw

Though my Drawing American Art History curriculum offers many drawing projects, they are exactly that: projects. They are step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce a specific work of art. They teach your child to recognize and enjoy art and they teach some important lessons on color matching, proportion and hand-eye coordination. They may even allow your child to hone some of their drawing skills, but they are not designed to teach your child to draw per se. That is another topic entirely.

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10 Days in…You Choose

This morning I intended to write a review of a game that accompanies my newest geography book, Draw Africa. The game is one in a series of geography games by Out of the Box publishers (the same company that publishes Apples to Apples) called 10 Days in Africa. However, I looked it up on amazon.com…

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Mathematics as Art

“The first thing to understand,” says Paul Lockhart in A Mathematician’s Lament, “is that mathematics is an art.” He continues on to say that “Mathematics is the purest of the arts, as well as the most misunderstood.” The twenty-first-century mind has a very difficult time getting around this. Math as art? To us, math is…

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Ancient History and Ancient Art

Two works of fiction that I highly recommend highlight eras in ancient history and highlight ancient works of art. It is a rare combination, but author Marjorie Cowley is a master at both engaging and teaching children. I use both these books in my art history classes and highly recommend them for any excursion into…

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China’s Liangzhu Culture

This week in the Serious Fun class our 3rd – 8th graders studied neolithic China’s Liangzhu culture (ca. 3300-2200 BC) and the early artifacts they produced. The Liangzhu culture is noted for two very interesting pieces of art made out of jade: the cong and the bi. A Bi is a jade disc with a…

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