Tim Znidarsich (center in photograph) and his Middle School students.
Imagine looking over to see what looks like giant shark teeth plowing through snow this January. That's exactly what people will see this winter in Portage, WI thanks to artist, Tim Znidarsich and his students at Bartel's Middle School.
WAEA Member and Bartel's Middle School art teacher Mr. Znidarsich and his students recently completed a community project bringing art into the community via three county snow plows and donated paint from a local hardware store.
“It’s community interaction to get art outside these walls and showcase what we’re doing at the school,” Znidarsich said.
Click on the link below to read the full article on this engaging community art project on the "The Portage Daily Register" website.http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/article_1303ce34-2fa6-11e2-911b-001a4bcf887a.html
Arts Action Alert 10-29-12:
Before you vote, here's what you need to know about the candidates and the arts
From: Arts Wisconsin (email@example.com)
Monday, October 29, 2012 6:01 AM Before you vote on November 6 (or earlier), here’s what you need to know about the candidates and the arts More Info
As the November 6 elections draw near, Arts Wisconsin
, your statewide arts service, advocacy and development organization, is providing information on statewide and national candidates' positions on the arts, arts education and creative economy, as a service to its statewide constituency. This information is provided for educational purposes and without comment.
- State: Read Arts Wisconsin’s State Legislative Candidate Survey responses here.
- Congressional: Read Americans for the Arts' Arts Action Fund
Congressional arts candidates' survey here.
Congressional Arts Report Card 2012 access here
- Wisconsin’s Congressional members' grades access here.
Arts and Culture: Democrats are proud of our support for arts funding and education. We are committed to continuing the policies and programs that have already done so much for our creative arts industry and economy. Investment in the arts strengthens our communities and contributes to our nation's rich cultural heritage. We will continue to support public funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and for programs providing art and music education in primary and secondary schools. The entire nation prospers when we protect and promote the unique and original artistic and cultural contributions of the women and men who create and preserve our nation's heritage.
- Democratic Party Platform access here. Below is the party’s position on the arts:
There are still a few days left in National Arts and Humanities Month, and in the final week before Election Day, this is a great time to reach out to candidate on all levels.
- Republican Party Platform access here. Update from Americans for the Arts on securing a position on arts, arts education, and culture policies from the Romney Campaign access here.
Use Arts Wisconsin's Arts Action Resource Guide
to connect with your candidates, and read President Obama's National Arts and Humanities Month
It’s every citizen’s right and duty to vote. Please VOTE on or before Tuesday, November 6
! Advocacy resources How to contact your representatives Wisconsin State Senate and Assembly
www.legis.wisconsin.gov Contact info for U.S. Senators and House members
: www.contactingthecongress.org/ Wisconsin politics and voting websites The Wheeler Report
: www.thewheelerreport.com www.WisPolitics.com
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Election 2012 Center League of Women Voters of WI Wisconsin Vote Wisconsin Eye Voter Public Access Arts Action Alerts
are a service of Arts Wisconsin and its Legislative Action Center.
Arts Wisconsin provides timely and critical information and actions on local and global arts, community and government issues throughout the year. Please forward this email on to colleagues and peers who should have this information, so they can also stay in touch and involved. Please support Arts Wisconsin's statewide advocacy, service and development programs and services with a membership contribution, so that we can continue to do our work on your behalf especially important at this critical time and so that everyone, everywhere in Wisconsin can continue to participate in and benefit from the arts, culture, creativity and innovation. Many thanks!
My first subway platform, NY 2012
For this quarterly article we were asked to write about how we maintain our creativity.
When I was in my late teens, I began a practice of occasional interruption that continues to be an important part of my creative process. I started taking time to wander when I needed it. I would get in my car and drive around (at that time, usually downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis), wandering into libraries, bookstores, art museums, coffee houses, even college campuses and airports. I always brought my sketchbook and would fill pages during those outings with lists, poems, rants, idea webs, sketches, and other random fragments from the day.
There is something about wandering. It’s transcendent. It allows for discovery, chance, connectivity, and immersion. It’s more than simply a change of scenery or a break from the mundane, it’s an opportunity to be truly receptive to unanswered questions. In “A Field Guide to Getting Lost,” Rebecca Solnit wrote, “To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.”
I wander in texts, dialogues, terrains, and with others. What started as an isolated practice has grown into the fruition of curiosities, discourses, and collaborations; all of which inform my work and renew my curiosities for the unknown.
The next time you visit the WAEA webpage you might notice we’ve expanded. We’re now offering ongoing content in the form of Blogs so you can subscribe and get automatic updates to WAEA news and information you’re interested in. We’ve started with a handful of blogs including: WAEA News, Advocacy, our President’s page, and our Elementary Representative. Museum, Visual Arts Classic (VAC), and more will be rolling out soon.
How do you use these new Blogs? Instructions for how to subscribe are located on the right sidebar of each blog, including a one-click button that will automatically add the blog to your default feedreader. For those of you who aren’t already using feedreaders or RSS aggregators there are many to choose from, depending on whether you’re using a computer, ipad, ipod, or smartphone. There are popular web-based readers such as yahoo and google readers as well as apps such as FeeddlerRSS (ipad), FeedsWire (ipad/iphone), and Newsify (also ipad/iphone, but costs $0.99 for the app).
Do you have to subscribe? Absolutely not. The truth is we’ve always offered ongoing content on our website updating the old with the new. Now with our Blog feature, we’ll still be doing that...but it will happen as ongoing ‘episodes’, offering members the opportunity to scroll down through past content in addition to reading any new content posted.
With all the new technology that’s out there, why Blogs? Blogs may seem like yesterday’s news, however anything that is produced and released as an ongoing narrative or as parts or ‘episodes’ of content qualifies as a Blog. If you use an ipad, ipod, or smartphone chances are you are using apps that aggregate and organize news feeds so you can conveniently take in that new content easily and in one place. Additionally, blogs self organize according to ‘tags,’ ‘titles,’ and ‘dates’ making everyone’s job accessing information, news, and updates easier! ..well, hopefully.
Below is the latest Arts Wisconsin News Flash. Click on the photo to link to the site or read below. Stay informed!
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In 2010, one of my digital art students, Dalton Mills, won a national NASA competition for his 3-D animated visualization of what life on the moon would be like. I had only been teaching for a few years and had little experience writing press releases. Fortunately, our district had a resource person who handles press releases so I was able to work with her, Dalton, and our local newspaper to get the word out about his achievement. Afterward, we were invited to attend a local school board meeting to share Dalton’s work and achievement, as well as a few words about the importance of visualization in creating new dialogues toward progress and invention (much the way that Dalton’s animation opened up new understandings about engineering possibilities and sustainability issues for life in space). It was an impactful moment, not only for Dalton, but for the art departments in our district. Dalton was utilizing technology to visualize concepts related to a myriad of aerospace, architectural, and engineering concerns. Of course, visualizing them isn’t the same as actually creating them but it is the foundational first step forward in actualizing an idea.
We all know how art education impacts students learning and interactivity. We know how important it is as its own discipline and as compliment to the core subjects. We need to continually ask ourselves, “do others know how impactful this is?” It’s our duty to ‘get the word out’ about the importance of art processes and the achievements of our students in these areas. If we don’t advocate to get the word out, no one will. Get into the practice!
-written by Lisa Ulik, WAEA Advocacy Representative, for the fall Art-etimes
Click here to access simple tips on how to write a press release or go to - http://www.wiarted.org/advocacy.html
Have something to share (news stories, achievements)? Why not share it on the WAEA advocacy blog! Email your news to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine tools so expansive in their capabilities that your students are literally finding ways to teach themselves, both in and out of the classroom. Tools so flexible they can expand definitions, promote dialogues, foster exchanges, and build new contexts. Dare we dream these tools will also promote analytical thinking through a type of dialectical learning that occurs when viewers become producers?
Technology does seem to be the tool of all tools as far as learning is concerned. However, it may be a stretch to say that technology by itself is a stand-alone, miracle tool that will solve all the world’s problems. Instead, it’s what we do with technology and how we use it in our lives and in our interactivity that really makes it a useful and expansive collection of tools. Perhaps that is why I revere it and the type of modalities it promotes in teaching and learning.
The modality principle is a research-based understanding that information is in fact better remembered when accompanied by visual imagery. In a study based on Paivio’s proposal of dual-coding and memory, Richard Mayer and his team were able to illustrate the modality principle as a significant increase in memory transfer through multimedia use in learning. Of course, multimedia learning means more than simply including images, audio, animation, and text into a presentation in our attempts to relay information into passive but receptive learners, as in the case of the split attention effect when learners’ only engagement is to decide which information is the least redundant. It’s when learners are challenged to make sense of what they are viewing that higher order processes of synthesis and analysis come into play in the form of creation and construction of both meaning and content.
One of my favorite ways to promote new media modality in the classroom is to informally brainstorm with my students about the purpose of a particular technology tool, such as youtube. I ask my students, “what does youtube do?” “How does it operate?” “How is it different than television?” Initially, they are taken aback, but after a few prodding questions they begin to form conclusions and answer, “communication,” “documentary,” “entertainment,” “exposure,” “individuality,” etc. Once we all have a collective understanding about what youtube does and how it’s used we can begin to enter into explorations and conversations about the various types of content produced and applied online and how we can work through our own processes to create particular types of purposeful content to be shared.
Other projects that promote multimedia modalities are visualization projects and research-based redesign projects. What’s great about these types of projects is they can be adapted k-12, depending on the level of reference to research. Furthermore, the redesign work doesn’t have to be done on the computer, but certainly can if computer usage skills are part of the project goals. An example of this would be to have your students research packaging design along with color theory and the idea of target markets. Then have your students redesign a package of one of their favorite products.
-written by Lisa Ulik, WAEA Advocacy Representative, for the winter Art-etimes
Thereʼs no better time than now to advocate for the arts and the relevancy of art education in our schools.
Here are some reminders to increase advocacy for the arts in our schools, districts, and our larger community.
• Know the Stakes - “Who” suffers when art education is cut and/or invalidated
in your school?
• When Opportunity Knocks, Invite it - Use opportunities and experiences in the
classroom to inform and educate others about the higher order merits of
constructed and problem-based learning. Share the learning experience with
• Donʼt Operate on Assumptions - Donʼt assume everyone understands the
relevancy and merits of art & design and art education. We all know how
important it is to “the core,” as well as creative thinking, problem-solving,
creating, and being able to visualize ideas. Spread the word,collaborate, and
• Put it in the News! - Share stories about what is going on in and outside of the
art room. Write a press release and/or publish content so it getʼs out there!
• Stay Connected - Visit NAEAʼs advocacy page to learn more!
• Share It! - Email your stories, rrs feeds, tweets, and more to Lisa Ulik,
- Examples in Action -
is a great way to get news out quickly and continually about whatʼs going on in and out of the art room. Viewers can subscribe to your posts via an rss feed and get updates via email or through an rss reader such as google reader.
Check out what these teachers are doing with their classroom blogs:
• Lincoln Middle School, La Crosse, WI.
Art teacher, Lynnae Haerle Burns -
Click here to visit her blog
• North Sheboygan High School, Sheboygan, WI.
Art teacher, Frank Juarez -
Click here to visit his blog
Click on the pdf file below to download a basic guideline of writing press releases.
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