SchoolArts Magazine

January 2018

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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Editor's Letter A s I write this, I'm on a train headed home from the Art Educators of New Jersey Conference, where I gave three presentations. This is part of a jour- ney that involves planes, trains, and automobiles. ( It was quite a novelty to be on the beach in the fall.) As always, when I participate in different state conferences, I am reminded of the professionalism, drive, and commit - ment of art teachers to do their very best, despite the var- ied challenges they may face. Much of what successful art t eachers do is invisible because so much of it takes place when they are alone, at home, or out in the world. Art teachers tend to be quite modest, as well, but it is to their benefit and the benefit of their students to share fully what happens in the artroom, both the visible and the invisible planning and effort. Typically invisible is the time, research, thought, and practice on the part of the teacher in developing meaningful lessons and proj - ects. Often invisible in students' work is the process of s olving complex art problems and the practice required to develop skills to express a desired solution. So what is an art teacher to do to make the invisible visible? One approach is to post explanations of the objec- tives and processes involved in a project with the exhibi- tion of student artwork. The typical viewer will have no i dea of the complexity of the lesson without that account. Through this approach, you can educate administrators, family members, other teachers, and other students about what happens in your art class. If you have a school web page or blog, share what your students are doing and post objectives and preliminary work such as sketches, models, or maquettes along with the finished artwork. Constantly take photos in your classes of the steps involved in a process and add these to your postings or exhibitions. Keep a visual record of every- thing your students are doing; you'll get multiple uses out of your photographs and writing. Don't be shy about sharing all that you and your stu- dents are doing to achieve their resulting artworks. Every article in SchoolArts is intended to help you with that pro- cess. Making the invisible visible will benefit us all. Visit Follow me on Nancy on a trip to the beach during the Art Educators of New Jersey Conference. Photo by Eric Gibbons. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 3

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