Introduction: After you download the music from a CD, they often sit for years unused or end up in the trash. You can repurpose yours into handy boxes that are perfect for stowing art materials, desk supplies, toys, trinkets and even more CDs!! Everyone needs handy boxes for stowing things, so these make great gifts. […]

Introduction: This is a wonderful family craft where everyone can participate in creating an heirloom decoration that will be cherish for years to come. Just gather all your materials and everyone can make one house and when you put them altogether you have a village! If you have an Xacto™ knife or other cutting tool […]

Level of Difficulty: Average – This craft is fun and appropriate for the whole family, from ages 3 to adult. Younger children may need the help of an adult to glue and align their pieces, while kids 7+ may be able to do this craft with…

Photo provided by Sheryl Depp National Gallery of Art 2014 Teacher Institute Fresh Impressionism & Post-Impressionism   Faber-Castell USA Fellowship Winner: Sheryl Depp, K-5 Art Teacher at Crews Lake K8   Sheryl’s experience: “A postcard came in the mail. An ad was in the NAEA newsletter. I received e-mail about it. At that point The […]

We are constantly reminded of how different people are from one another. In fact, we are reminded of this on a daily basis when we interact with strangers, co-workers, friends and family members. We all have our own personalities, habits, characteristics, idiosyncrasies, likes and dislikes, strengths and weakness. Yet educational institutes (not all, but many) […]

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Here’s a fun and creative way to carve and decorate your pumpkins – kind of like a pumpkin “snowman”! It utilizes more of the bounty of fall than just pumpkins, and is a great activity for the whole family! Even teens will want to make one these crazy…

There is growing evidence we are experiencing a “creativity crisis.”  On the one hand, most people agree that creativity is essential for the future success of the human race.  On the other hand, we know children’s creativity scores have been declining since 1990.  The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking have been measuring childhood creativity for […]

Well, for starters some of us are parents, grandparents, artists, marketers, creative enthusiasts, innovators, teachers, STEAM supporters, working moms, foodies, pet lovers, product developers…

We all know her. She is the “it girl” in a sea of sameness. There isn’t a conversation on the playground that doesn’t include the phrases, “you’ll never believe what Rebecca did at our house,” and “the twins just love her and they’ve never loved anyone before.” And then there’s the ubiquitous, “I was at […]

Creativity is cool. Simply put. It’s a special human trait that allows us to create, problem solve and discover. It’s something that we all possess and use differently. It exists deep within us. We have the option to uncover it, as though it were a natural resource buried inside our bodies. Some of us use […]

Image from: Why People (Incorrectly) Think They Are Not Creative http://onforb.es/1nTLLYL. The article, “Why People (Incorrectly) Think They Are Not Creative” reminds us how in order to reach the type of creativity desired, we must put in the time to develop and become an expert in our craft. “Craft is how to do stuff. It is the […]

“Art teachers teach creativity and innovation,” Matt Fussell wrote in his article, “Why Art Teachers are The Most Important Teachers in the School.” This article is a great reminder about the importance of how teaching creativity and innovation sets the foundation for future success. Read more.   Image from: http://thevirtualinstructor.com/blog/why-art-teachers-are-the-most-important-teachers-in-the-school

Did you know on average, “students who study the arts for 4 years in high school score 98 points higher on the SATs compared to those who study the same for half a year or less?” Check out all the stats. From: http://education.arts.ufl.edu/

New study makes it clear what growth in standardized test performance doesn’t buy us: cognitive ability. Amy Finn, John Gabrieli, and colleagues at MIT, Brown, and Harvard looked at standardized test scores (Math and English language arts) and cognitive ability (working memory, processing speed, and abstract reasoning) among nearly 1,400 8th graders attending traditional, exam, and […]

STEAM is gaining, well, steam as a curriculum, even on Sesame Street. The 43rd season of Sesame Street integrates art and design in to its existing STEM content with the goal of illustrating how art and design can be used to solve real-world problems. The Atlantic takes a look at this growing movement. Read more […]

Is creativity a divine gift that few are born with or something that can be taught? Check out this interview from “CBS This Morning: Saturday” that sheds some light on the facts about creativity. See more at The Creativity Post

Actor and Executive Producer Omar Epps sits down with Janet from HuffPost Live to talk about the importance of arts in schools. Omar is also on the board of an organization called the Creative Coalition which is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry. Founded in 1989 by prominent figures in the creative community, including […]

We found this great video that shows the possibilities are endless when one doesn’t need the right answer: http://youtu.be/9TskeE43Q1M

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