Think 360 Arts Blog

Why I Love Theatre Teachers

By Stephen Gregg

I love theatre teachers.

There are obvious reasons. I love their enthusiasm as they do a really hard and really important job. I love that they’re invariably easy to talk to, and funny. But there’s a bigger reason that I love theatre teachers, and to explain it I’m going to talk about a play that I wrote a long time ago.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

4_-ALTERMANN-AUCTION-LINDSAY-SCOTT-SHADOW-ACROSS-THE-PLAIN-OIL-CANVAS-PAINTINGBy Kristin Fong

The common saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” asserts that a simple image of an idea can more effectively describe it than the written word.

For many students, reading about history and memorizing facts and timelines isn’t enough to fully grasp the effect these events still have today. I have discovered through my 10 years of museum experience that research, literature, and primary sources really do go hand-in-hand with interpreting images. Speaking through the lens of the Western American art collection with which I work, I will share a few examples of historic paintings. Each painting has a unique story to tell, and each can really speak volumes about what has happened throughout history.

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The Process

maeve-01By Maeve Eichelberger

Have you ever wondered ‘how’ I do what I do? Although not the same every time, my technical process of the printing and cutting stays consistent. Allow me to share.

I have a library of images that is ever growing. When I decide on a series I choose my best photographs with the most interesting angles, brightest colors and strongest contrast. For ease of understanding, the images below are examples from my most current series, which was installed in October, Timeless Denver architecture and landmarks, with splashes of the west!

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The Impact of Arts Education and How You Can Help

D49_626By Jay Seller, PhD

Thomas Hardy stated, “Time changes everything, except something within us that is always surprised by change.” With the passing of another year at Think 360 Arts, change has certainly been in the air. We have effectively increased programming to reach 9,000 more students than last year, and we continue to impact thousands of teachers and teaching artists through guided professional development. Our focus is on our mission to lead Colorado in cultivating and sustaining the arts as essential to all learning through creative experiences for students and teachers, while striving towards our vision of a community that embraces the arts as a fundamental tool to enhance learning and upholding our values of collaboration, equity and access, diversity, creativity, quality and fun in all we do.

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Dance is the hidden language of your soul

Quote above by Martha Graham

dance-against-lightBy Sabrina Skiles

Dance can inspire people in many different ways. I have been inspired by dance since I was two years old. I love how a single note and a corresponding dance step can take you to a different world. That’s what dance was for me, especially when I was diagnosed with psoriasis in high school.

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Demystifying Art

paint-tubs-600By Heidi Farr

Art has always seemed unattainable to me; my drawing ability stalled out at the stick figure and the square house with the triangle roof, my painting ability went no further than eight little puddles of Crayola watercolors, and my high school pottery class (grade: B-) was highlighted by a lopsided pentagonal slab pot that I still use to hold mail. Art was, I decided, for people who were good at it, whose idea of time well-spent included things like sketch-books, gesso and decoupage. These artists could look at a pile of craft supplies and pull out of their brain an amazing and creative use for all of them at once. They could, when asked by their five-year-old, draw a dog that actually looked like a dog. In short, they could interpret the world around them in a creative, non-verbal manner that so far surpassed my stick figures. I figured art (and the ability to communicate without the medium of words) was a lost cause for me. I know I’m not the only non-artist to feel this way. I’ve heard countless people express this same thing: “I don’t have an artistic bone in my body.” “I haven’t picked up a paintbrush since second grade.” “I’m terrible at art.”

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Art in Education

iStock_000008784505-resizedBy Kalina Gallardo

To teach is to create art; art is a combination of mind and body joining to create something bigger than ourselves and share with the world around us. It’s fitting to infuse art into the pursuit of educating. My experience as a student at Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, the expansion of my thinking, and my eagerness to learn is truly beautiful to witness, complex to analyze, interesting to discuss, revolutionary to the people I touch, and ever evolving, much like a piece of art.

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