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ResourceWatch: Recommendations for cool (or hot) arts-based resources

ResourceWatch: Recommendations for cool (or hot) arts-based resources

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Hi everyone, Its great to see our membership growing so rapidly. Thanks again to those who have introduced themselves. Hoping to hear from others in the next little while! I thought that I would begin the week with a resource-related question: Do you have a recommendation for a really cool/hot arts-related resource...something that has captured your imagination or the imagination of your students? It could be discipline specific (dance, drama, music, visual arts, etc), or it could be related to the integration of the arts in other aspects of the curriculum.
As the discussion around this grows (and hopefully it will), I will collate the suggestions into one list that I will post. I'm going to start off with a book that I used today. I was introducing the elements and principles of visual design and the book, "Picture This: How Pictures Work" by Molly Bang filled the bill perfectly. For one review and description of the book, see Review of Picture This This book has a ton of potential for teaching young people about how pictures are constructed and composed. Fun, engaging and informative.

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Doug Ordunio's picture


I worked professionally in classical music radio for 13 years and was a professional musician who sang in the Los Angeles area as well as composed music.

I wanted to bring to your attention a website I designed about 10 years ago, and it is flourishing.

The site is owned by American composer Hayden Wayne.

Find it at:

The locations that will be of interest to artists and musicians are The Classroom, which consists of over 100 rooms which instruct and inform budding students about music.

In the Grand Salon (you can find the button on the initial page), there are buttons that will take you to interesting websites for various artists.

Please post a comment if you investigate the website.

Virginia Malone's picture
Virginia Malone

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I adapted the concept for science class see
I used "The Puddle" by M.C. Escher. The students tell what they see. On the board are columns for observations, inferences (conclusions), As the students describe what they see their "observations" are classified as observations or conclusions. If they are not drawing conclusions, I prompt with what do you think happened. If they are only giving conclusions I prompt with what do you see. I add columns for higher students including evidence supporting a conclusion. predictions, evidence supporting predictions. I prompt them for predictions what do you think will happen? Will it rain? Will someone fill the puddle with a hose? Will more people walk though the area? Will the person return? For lower grades, I would stick with observations and conclusions. I tell them about the artist and show some other works of his.

Another art work the students like is Salvador Dali's Melting telephone or Melting clocks. We work with observations and conclusion or whatever again. Then I tell them about the artist and show other works.

Follow up I used this with upper elementary students.. Show works of the two artists you have not shown before and ask students to conclude which artist did the work and give supporting evidence (observations) that support their conclusion.

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