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April 19, 2017external resource from SmartBrief, SmartReport on STEM: Empowering Imagination
SmartBrief's annual SmartReport on STEM highlights individuals who are readying students for working in a STEM-driven society; what it means to STEM like a woman; the progress from STEM to STEAM; the latest STEM tools and products; and more. Download it now.SmartBrief
April 10, 2017external resource from Artsy, What Was the First Abstract Artwork?
Who made the first Western abstract painting? That was the question that Wassily Kandinsky’s widow, accompanied by a team of researchers, set out to answer in 1946. Her late husband, a Russian painter who was among the pioneers of abstraction in the early 1910s, had himself been personally invested in the answer.Artsy
April 10, 2017external resource from PBS, Education Guide: Sharing Our Stories in School
In this lesson, students will view the segment on artist and educator Therman Statom in the TEACHERS episode. The episode highlights how Statom encourages students’ investigation of their heritage, their understanding of self, and their connections to others as topics worthy of study in school.PBS
April 10, 2017external resource from PBS, Education Guide: Education Guide: History and Improvisation: Making American Music
In this lesson, students will view the MUSIC episode from the PBS series Craft in America. The episode features the skilled craftwork required to make ukuleles, trumpets, banjos, guitars, and timpani mallets. Students will hear musicians playing each of the instruments. Students will also hear the musicians talk about their personal connection to their instruments.PBS
April 5, 2017external resource from Artsy, How Long Do You Need to Look at a Work of Art to Get It?
This is an easy one: Scientists have determined that the exact amount of time one should look at a work of art in order to understand it is four minutes and eight seconds. Just kidding. Like almost every question asked in this series, the answer is highly subjective and dependent on the work of art, as well as how well-versed one is in parsing visual images.Artsy
April 4, 2017external resource from Art + Bio Collective, DESERT LIFE: Field Studies of Art+Nature in the Southwest, August 10-16
In DESERT LIFE, we camp at various sites in west Texas and southwest New Mexico during the program. The program provides an immersive experience of the unique beauty and diverse environments of the desert, such as white sand dunes, black lava rocks, mountain caves, and riparian habitats.Art + Bio Collective
April 4, 2017external resource from Education Week, Why Makerspaces Are Perfect for School and Public Libraries
Makerspaces can provide librarians and educators with an ideal method for allowing students to develop many of the digital information and technological skills they will need to be successful in society. Users can, “explore traditional and digital media, interact with mentors and peers, and engage in creative projects.” Makerspaces provide users with an opportunity to experience a variety of subjects and activities in a hands-on environment, incorporating a variety of technologies and craft activities to include 3-D printers, Legos, creative and industrial arts, graphic design, sewing, and much more.Education Week
April 3, 2017external resource from U.S. News & World Report, Hovercraft Project Delivers STEAM Lessons
Students in about 20 schools in the US are participating in The Hovercraft Project, which engages students in interactive lessons in science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. The program for fifth- and sixth-grade students is expected to expand worldwide next year.U.S. News & World Report
March 31, 2017external resource from Art21, Apply for Art21 Educators Year 7
A year-long professional development initiative, Art21 Educators is designed to support K-12 educators interested in bringing contemporary art, artists, and themes into their classrooms. The deadline for this year's program has been extended to March 31, 2017. Apply today!Art21