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John Hofland
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Seeing Is Understanding
Our high school chemistry teacher, Mrs. Harms, didn’t merely teach chemistry. She WAS chemistry. As she danced under the periodic chart, she became sodium atoms who craved electrons from their friends, the generous chlorine atoms. The atoms we studied had l...

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A Mom’s Report: The Effect Of One Simple Rule
Have you ever repeated the same instructions, or cautions, or guidelines to a student so often that you wondered, “Am I wasting my breath?” or “Have I made that point already?” I’ve had that with the art lessons I am writing for the ArtAchieve website. Almo...

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Coming Full Circle: Our Search For a Gluten-Free Pizza Crust
Long ago, in the blissful past, we ate pizza. Homemade pizza made with dough from a bread machine. Mmmmmm. Add-your-own pizza parties were fun and easy to put together. We bought books of recipes, made our own sauces, and discovered new combinations for top...

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Step Back 2000 Years To Imitate the Work of the Man Who Invented Paper
The word paper comes from the Egyptian word for the reed that grows along the Nile River: papyrus , so it’s easy to assume that paper was invented by the Egyptians. Papyrus plant (Public Domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papyrus ) While it is true that ...

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Step Back 2000 Years To Imitate the Work of the Man Who Invented Paper
The word paper comes from the Egyptian word for the reed that grows along the Nile River: papyrus , so it’s easy to assume that paper was invented by the Egyptians. Papyrus plant (Public Domain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papyrus ) While it is true that ...

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For the Love of Paper - A Thai Adventure
I love paper. As with any art material - brushes, paint, whatever - the quality of the art product helps determine the quality of the project you are completing. For example, a few years ago I was asked to teach an art class for children at a local youth ca...

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6 Ways To Encourage Students To Do Creative Work
And Picture Books To Illustrate Them Here are 6 things you can do that will encourage your students' creative work. Get Rid of Distractions Creativity thrives in a quiet environment, for example: Silence, or quieting sounds. (In our art lessons we recommend...

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5 Picture Books That Capture the Nature of Creativity
If you want to explain to kids what creativity is all about, here are 5 picture books you might like to discuss with them. Art points to transcendancy In David Wiesner’s wordless picture book, Sector 7 , a boy and his class go to visit the Empire State Buil...

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How 200 People Collaborated To Create Inspiring Art
My wife and I just came back from spending a week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where I was a plenary speaker at the Asia Education Resource Consortium’s Family Education Conference. AERC serves ex-pat homeschooling families who are working in places across Asia...

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Lines Have Emotions! Part IV: Two Last Lines If you have been following me in the past few blogs, Part I   Part II   Part III You’ve learned about the feelings conveyed by a total of nine kinds of lines. Here are three more kinds of lines to make an even do...
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