(NEW) Engage Your Students with Unexpected Materials




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Created with Sketch. The Best Sculpture Materials to Use

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Created with Sketch. Alternatives for Ceramics

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Created with Sketch. The Best Drawing Materials to Use

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Created with Sketch. The Best Painting Materials to Use

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Created with Sketch. What Students Learn From Working with Unexpected Materials

Created with Sketch. The Importance of Thinking Creatively 3:36

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(NEW) Engage Your Students with Unexpected Materials

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Learn how to blend traditional materials with new, innovative supplies and ideas

  • 2 Discover options for unexpected materials and where to find them

  • 3 Explore how using unexpected materials can help push students' creativity and risk-taking

Coming up with new and innovative materials in your art room can be daunting. In this Learning Pack, you will discover what common and unexpected materials can easily be in utilized in your art room. You will also learn how to blend these innovate materials with more traditional options. Walk away with the ability to bring a variety of materials and supplies into your classroom to motivate and inspire student learning.

In this Learning Pack, the following National Visual Arts Standards will be addressed:
Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.
Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.


Andrew McCormick

Andrew McCormick

AOE Graduate Instructor and Middle School Art Teacher

Andrew is a middle school teacher in Johnston, Iowa, who received his MFA in Sculpture from Ohio University. His pedagogy focuses on STEAM Education and Choice Based Education, technology integration in the art room, Standards Based Grading, and Project Based Learning.