Lauren Nielsen Teaches Art at Edison Middle School in Wheaton. She's Also an Art

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Lauren Nielsen Teaches Art at Edison Middle School in Wheaton. She's Also an Art


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Lauren Nielsen teaches art at Edison Middle School in Wheaton. Shes also an artist herself, displaying her work in Naperville and Chicago galleries. The Daily Herald recently talked with Nielsen about her classroom projects.

Q. What is your favorite class project and why?

A. I have many favorite projects that I like to teach, which makes it difficult to pick one. Id say my top three favorites are printmaking, stop-motion animation and paper mAaAaAeAcchAa

Printmaking is fun because its the first time that many students have ever used carving tools to create a relief-style work of art.

Stop-motion animation is awesome because it encourages collaboration and creativity as students work in groups of three to create scenes, sets, props and characters that tell a story through a series of digital photographs. This project also allows students to use iPads and tons of new tech resources.

Lastly, paper mAaAaAeAcchAaAaAeA@ rocks because students can get their hands m and work three dimensionally.

Q. How is technology making it easier for kids to be creative? How do you embrace technology to teach art? How does that approach compare with traditional art teaching methods?

A. Technology provides students with a plethora of tools and readily available resources. …

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