First Place Winners of Imagine That's Anti-Bully Teamwork Contest:

Addie Overend, grade 9, Garden City Schools

Joey Hoffer, Grade 4, Manor Oaks School

Sanna Taylor, Grade 2, Hampton Street School

Pop Art Food Pillows

Outstanding art by Paula Dagen's daughters.

"My twins absolutely loved it!" -- Paula Dagen, Parent

Carrie's Painting

"The students and I love you! Where else can you create a Pollock inspired design and drip color on a cake?" -- Denise Klein, teacher, East Hampton High School

"Stunned and Startled" by Jessica Toner, age 8, published in Express Yourself!

A big thank you to Maura Burns who helped fasciliate the family drip painting workshops this summer.

Family works together to create drip painting

"It was a fabulous day! --Tamara Nemo

Celebrate African American history with art.

Mural inspires creative teamwork.

Incorporating school slogan and students' ideas, sketch for Lawrence MS mural designed Joyce Raimondo

Lawrence students brain storm ideas for their poster/murals using collage elements.

Inspired by Pollock and Krasner, students drip paint, -- then rip, cut, and collage shapes to express emotion and energy.

have a conversation about art with Joyce Raimondo

Common Core - A Creative Adventure

November 16, 2013

Tags: Common, Core, Standards, Staff, Development, Art, Teachers, Creativity, North, Bellmore

This month, I am working with teachers from North Bellmore exploring how looking at and discussing art supports the objectives of the Common Core Standards. To begin, we discussed, "What is creativity?" It is not just about art, it is relevant in all areas of learning and being. "Who do you admire for his/her creativity?" One teacher answered, "Julia Childs. She was always trying new things and not afraid to make mistakes." Creativity takes place in an atmosphere of safety in which people feel they are free to experiment, play, explore, and make mistakes which often provide an unexpected great idea. Creativity is stifled in an environment that is overly authoritarian, critical, and controlled.

Teachers are embarking on a new journey as they shift into teaching Common Core Standards - it is a transition from the familiar to the unknown. I hope teachers find their adventure to be a creative one - filled with trials that lead to even higher levels of thinking and enthusiasm in the classroom.

Special thanks to the North Bellmore Teacher Center for inviting me to work with their dedicated teachers.