Thursday, November 17, 2011

Art Advocado's Pre-Thanksgiving Art Education Roundup

Turkey on the Road
Turkey on the Road by flicker user tomswift46.
(It's almost Thanksgiving, guy...might want to put a little spring in your step.)
I've blabbed before about my Google Reader and Google Alert addictions. As my day job has ramped up I don't have time to cull through the dozens of articles constantly being sent my way by these services- and I'm always afraid a terrific story might fall through the cracks. So what does that mean? Time for me to slog through the backlog, pick out the best news, and put it all together for...the Art Advocado pre-Thanksgiving Art Ed Links Roundup! Read on to find out about art on the back of your car, Magritte meets the iPad, a 24-hour draw-a-thon, art education in Egypt, and one lucky teacher who hit the jackpot for her art room.

Art teachers (and their students!) in the news
  • Art ed advocacy, Egypt-style: from Almasry Alyoum, an interesting perspective on art education in Egypt. The piece speaks to several art teachers in Egypt as well as a social psychologist who emphasizes how art can boost confidence and help children express themselves.
  • Bearden, Tennessee high school student may get some major visibility for her artwork, in her state and beyond. Sixteen year old Sarah Byrd entered a competition to design Tennessee's "Support the Arts" license plate, and her design has made it to the top ten. The other nine finalists are all professional artists at least a decade her senior. If Byrd wins, she'll have her art teacher to thank (at least in part) - she entered the competition for an assignment in her art class. You can vote for Sarah's design at through November 23.
  • In New Orleans, art teacher Susan Gisleson is organizing her sixth annual 24 hour Draw-a-thon, which will take place this coming Saturday, November 19. Some participants drop in while others, like Gisleson, embrace the challenge of a full day coffee-fueled day spent drawing. Last year's draw-a-thon hosted over 800 participants at all skill levels. Gisleson told The Times-Picayune, “A lot of people have hang-ups about drawing. They think they can’t do it. At the Draw-a-thon, we tell everyone: If you can write your name, you can draw. ”
  • Meet Canada's Art Teacher of the Year, as deemed by the Canadian Society for Education through Art: Bonny Hill of Sussex, New Brunswick. The secret to success in her 25-year career as an art teacher? Hard work ("I'm barely at home") and allowing students to explore the media of their choice - whether it's painting or computer graphics. She's humble, too. "These things are so random...I can think of lots of people I should be nominating who are amazing teachers." Congratulations Bonny!
  • Lucky! Florida art teacher Jill Hallauer hit the jackpot, bigtime. Her art room will undergo a $25,000 makeover from HGTV design program Home by NovogratzHallauer and her principal, Judy Cosh, admit they are extremely lucky, but hope the end result will inspire other teachers to make creative changes to their own classroom. Students are psyched too. Nine-year-old Josefa Torres said she's glad her art room is getting the makeover because "It's the most best thing in the whole world." Spoken like a budding arts advocate!

iArt on an iPad: Technology in Art Class

I'm always looking for new stories for roundups and for posts, so if you've got something let me know! You can post a comment here, email me at, or get me on Davis Publications' Twitter page. (I don't have to tell you to follow Davis on Twitter because you already are. Right? RIGHT?)

On a programming note there won't be a new Art Advocado post next week. I'll be giving thanks for my readers and for the art educators and advocates everywhere. And, of course, for mashed potatoes.  Thanks for reading and see you in December!

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