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BY BILL FERRIS I like construction paper on classroom bulletin boards as much as the next guy. Cut-out letters on a solid background are a classic look. But consider for a moment what your bulletin board would look like if it instead had a six-foot by four-foot picture of the solar system, or a huge […]

BY BILL FERRIS Set course for Wikipedia! Facebook ahoy! And so on. These quaint nautical terms arose from a time when people depended on maps and charts much more crude than the Mapquest and GPS-enabled phones to which we’ve grown accustomed. The internet, a mistress as untamable as the seven seas of yore, is the […]

Fun test gauges color vision BY BILL FERRIS Test your students’ color vision with the Munsell Hue Test. Here’s how it works: the test presents four bars of color tiles, with different hues at each end. Your students must try to put the colors in order to form a gradient between the two shades.

Edit, add effects, create vector graphics and choose color palettes BY NICK YINGLING Human eyeballs are delicate organs, while bird talons are razor sharp and unforgiving. Go ask the citizens of Bodega Bay if you don’t believe me. Or ask this actress. In the aesthetic world of visual design, though, a bunch of birds can […]

Six Ways to Transform your Presentation I’m still learning the whole presentation thing. I’ve probably made every classic presentation mistake, from mumbling to mistaking my PowerPoint slide show for an outline. Stepcase Lifehack has a great list of presentation tips for n00bs like me. Number one: ditch PowerPoint. I tried this for my last presentation […]

The Panamericana School of Art and Design created a clever ad campaign that would make a great exercise for your art class. It’s simple, too. The test consists of a sheet of paper with a series of Xs or Os. Students are challenged to use these letters as starting points to create as many drawings […]

How often have you found yourself thinking about screen printing projects? Not that much, I’d guess. Well check out this awesome idea. If that doesn’t get you motivated to transfer some print ideas of your own I don’t know what will. This guide to DIY Screen Printing on Instructables takes you through the process from […]

Ancient Civilization from the British Museum is a beautifully done interactive site looking at different civilizations from China to America, and everything in between (including Ancient Africa south of Egypt). The material is presented as six themes covering religion, technology, trade, writing, building and cities. Each section has an overview write-up, then students can see […]

Hello and greetings once again from my undisclosed, fortified location. As will happen from time to time, I started to feel the authorities closing in all around me. Men sporting both mustaches and sunglasses would stare at me for much longer than usual, ATMs would reject my cards, small electronic devices kept showing up in […]

20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes From the Big Wind Kite Factory in Hawaii, this link provides a complete rundown of instructions and supplies to get 20 of your students building kites and getting them in the air in 20 minutes. Sounds like a cool springtime project for an elementary art class. Top […]