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Many times, art teachers defend art education by saying that it raises test scores, keeps kids in school, or improves student performance in "core" academic areas. This may all be true, but the visual arts teach important "habits of mind" that can't be learned in traditionally "core" academic areas.

from Brain Pickings

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The studio habits of mind are a great entry point to learning in and through the arts. Learn how they open the door to creative inquiry that serves all disciplines.

from My Modern Met

Realistic Paintings on Skin Transform the Body into Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Artist Chooo-San creates mind-bending illusions on the body to transform ordinary people in incredible ways—all without digital manipulation.

from Classroom Freebies

What's On Your Mind?

What's On Your Mind? Is a terrific way to get to know your students + these make an easy and awesome bulletin board too! Great activity for the first week of school and a nice ice breaker for students to get to know their new classmates.

"Nobody will ever love you as much as an artist can. On your worst days, they will find poetry in the knots of your hair." - That Could Have Been Me (k.p.k)

I so need to follow this advice! 'What you feel, you attract' - That is an interesting one! I need to feel differently in this case because I don't attract what I want!

Gotta know them to use them to your advantage ... or ignore them. #INTJ