New ART magazine is here!

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arTree magazine is here and we are thrilled to share the first issue with you.

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Just send an email to trial@artreekids.com and you will receive the first issue for your kids – for FREE. Learn about Gustav Klimt, choose an art project you want to try, make your own jewelry, research your family history and more. Have fun and get creative.

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When your kids create something you would like to share with us, please do. We would love to see it, upload it to our gallery and share it with other budding artists. Plus, if you send us an artwork inspired by our issue by September 30th you will have a chance to win a jewelry-making kit (nu purchase/subscription necessary).

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Want to receive a magazine like this every month? Consider subscribing. For $15 you will get 12 issues of the magazine–that is over 40 art projects and 40 activities for you and your kids. Your kids will discover several unique modern artists from Synthia Saint James (designer of the first Kwanzaa stamp) to Kseniya Simonova (sand artist and a winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent). They will learn about the famous artists: Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Harper, Hundertwasser, Oldenburg and more. They will paint, draw and sculpt. They will learn about architecture, theory of colors, and printing techniques. Each month it will be one art adventure after another. They will sharpen their skills, explore and push their creativity and have a chance to win an art prize for their creations.

Want to bring arTree magazine to your school?

We can work with your PTA to offer the magazine to all students at your school. We strive to make the price low and we can work with your school and help with their fundraising needs. Contact us at info@arTreeKids.com to learn more.

Is Art Education Worth it?

We all know art education is missing at our schools. But just how important is it? According to this study it can make a big impact on many lives. Just check it out for yourself:

  • Students who are involved in the arts are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate collage.
  •  Students who take four years of art/music classes average almost 100 points better on their SAT.

There are many reasons why we should keep arts in our schools – but the truth is that there is not enough money for that. There are more pressing needs and problems teachers and principals have to deal with – before they get to the PTAs, art docent programs and art supplies.

But I believe that the art does not have to suffer and the art docents can get a little help. I know what a hassle it can be to look through the materials you get from a district, not knowing what to teach, why and how… it is overwhelming and boring. But it does to have to be. It is art.

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That’s why I have decided to try and help. I am working on an art curriculum for elementary school kids that they could follow with their teachers, parents or by themselves. It will be an online, weekly “magazine” and it will be inexpensive. Once purchased through PTAs (or just parents) it will be available to ALL kids at the school for the whole year. Stay tuned if you are interested in learning more… I hope to make this available for September.

Art & Technology Night

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Another place where you can come in and get creative – arTree is proud to be part of the first art & technology night at Woodside elementary. Come and do an art project with us (bookmarks with Matisse… and much more), explore Lego robotics  and iPads, and most importantly – come to admire the beautiful art done by art docents and the kids at the school. Hope ti see you there!

Art Education in the 21st Century

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I attended the ScienceNow talk about art education last week and got a chance to listen to some interesting questions and answers.

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin talked about the importance of structured art education (that is currently missing on so many schools) – and that benefits of these programs (with engagement-by-doing) are seen with as little as 10 minutes a day. He talked about importance of playing music in building character, teaching turn taking and paying attention to what others are doing… and about a study which showed that people who read a lot of fiction had much stronger empathy than others.

For me, the most important question was – How can arts education help teach creativity and other important life lessons for a 21st century America?

When I was going to school we had to memorize a lot of useless information. Sure, it helped us to exercise our brains but I do not remember almost any of the dates and formulas I was memorizing 15 years ago… on the other hand, the creative work that I did – researched and presented, I remember very vividly. Which is not surprising – but it makes this point even more important.

Daniel Levitin said: what we need to teach our children now is (a) how to evaluate information to be sure it is accurate; (b) how to think logically; (c) how to think creatively – the most difficult problems facing the world such as global warming and peacekeeping, require creative solutions.

My question is – how can we nurture creativity – if kids do not really see it around them? There are many benefits of teaching art in schools… and they seem to be getting more and more important in the Internet age. We should strive for a balance between creativity and logical thinking… after all, even Einstein said: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Isn’t THAT something we should want for us and our kids?