SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2010

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Middle School Studio Lesson Izaac Barlow, Zach Murray, and Ashley Granger Art Makes Sense MakIng sense through art Lisa Billington and Mindy Pavone H ow can art be used to help students understand the world around them? The news is sometimes frightening, but reacting to a disaster in a positive way empowers students to make a difference. On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic earthquake occurred in Haiti. An estimated three million people were affected and an estimated 32 August/September 2010 SchoolArts 230,000 people died. In response to this tragic event, my eighth-grade class viewed and discussed the tragedy and brainstormed ways to help. artist Betty laDuke My student-teacher and I shared video clips of the event and facilitated a discussion about the need to help others. We also shared and discussed the artwork of Betty LaDuke. Betty LaDuke is an artist, educator, and humanitarian who has traveled around the world capturing the essence of diverse cultures in her vibrant, colorful paintings. She is part of the humanitarian group Heifer International, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending world hunger, poverty, and saving the earth.

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