March 28, 2019

9 Amazing Artists to Inspire Nature-Related Art Projects

This time of year, the weather begins to start warming up, and many of our students are eager to get outdoors. It’s the perfect time to go outside and make nature-inspired art. Students can find natural items and create art with them or sketch en plein air. If you have the technology, photographing outside would be a fun choice as well. Here are 9 amazing artists to inspire your students about nature art. 1. Katerina Apale image via Katerina Apale paints still lifes and other works inspired by nature. Her work is colorful and playful. She has a beautiful technique when it comes to blending her colors and has shared that she wants her work to be seen as positive and bright. Her work would be useful to inspire students to work in full color and explore painting techniques with a nature theme. Website: 2. Miranda Lloyd image […]
April 18, 2019

How to Be an Ally to Your LGBTQ+ Students

School is often the first place children learn insults that describe the LGBTQ+ community. When these insults and slurs are used in the classroom, often the only repercussions students receive from teachers is a warning. On the flip side, the victims are comforted with the “sticks and stones” adage. Teachers rarely confront the assumption that being gay or lesbian is an insult. And therefore, students fail to make a connection between the insults they use and the real-life individuals those insults describe. The reality is our LGBTQ+ students need us to do better. Bullying is an issue state legislatures and educators have worked on to protect students at school. However, homophobia and LGBTQ+ discrimination have not shared the same attention. Research shows that school is often a hostile place for LGBTQ+ students. 7 out of 10 LGBTQ+ students experience victimization at school for who they are. Harassment and victimization can […]