I’m going to tell you about the simplest and most transformational act I have taken in my career as an art educator. It started with identifying one of my weaknesses. … Continue reading Attendance can be transformational.
Sometimes we art teachers can get stuck in the past. And I get it. For most, the past is awesome. We grew up in the past. We have fond memories … Continue reading Move into the now
In a quiet moment, just before the start of a lecture and completely out of nowhere, a student blurted out loudly, “Mr. Clumpner, you are the GREATEST TEACHER EVER!” I … Continue reading “Greatest Teacher Ever!”
Reload the Western Canon Whenever I ask students to list as many artists as they can, usually they give me the highlights from the western canon of art history. Their … Continue reading Reload the Western Canon
I’m spending this week in an AP Summer Institute which has been giving me a lot of time to make some art. Hopefully you’re spending a little time making art … Continue reading Arting my way through PD
The year has ended, and as such, it’s important to reflect on what we as teachers have accomplished, as well as what we didn’t. Today I’m thinking about an accomplishment. … Continue reading A Victory Lap
I’m a grand-teacher now. After eight years in the profession, my first students now have students of their own. They’re wrapping up their first year and comparing notes on their … Continue reading Use the buddy system when entering the teaching pool