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About Karen

Karen Kiick began her teaching career in 1990 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Since 1996, she has taught at Haddon Township High School in Westmont, New Jersey. She is her District's K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Facilitator and currently teaches 9th through 12th grades. Karen is a four-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year, and the National Art Education Association’s 2010 Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator of the Year.

Inspiration Games

Sometimes it’s hard to know where our inspiration comes from. We see, hear and react to things all the time, non-stop. It’s a blur! I thought it would be fun to turn getting inspiration into a series of games (spinners, dice … Continue reading

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“A Place at the Table”

In honor of Election Day, my Ceramics II students set out to select a social issue that they were passionate about. I wanted their opinions to have a “place at the table” and for their voices to matter. Their challenge was to represent … Continue reading

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Back to School Night x 27

I love Back to School Night. Always have, always will. Tonight is number 27 for me and I am so glad that my students’ parents come to the school to spend time with their child’s teachers! Thanks for being here to … Continue reading

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Art Open House

On December 23rd, the visual arts students hosted an open house in art room 14. Each art student was allowed to invite 3 friends to the art room during their regular scheduled class period. It was a half day, so … Continue reading

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Giving Time to Twitter

Sometimes we do things without fully knowing where they will lead us, but we do them anyway! Maybe we’re curious, maybe we’re adventurous, or maybe we’re a little bit of both! For me, as an artist, doing is what leads to the knowing. … Continue reading

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BYB2AC – Bring Your Buddy to Art Class!

My Ceramics II students each created a 4 piece set, consisting of 2 bowls and 2 cups for a special luncheon that we have affectionately referred to as BYB2AC! Each student created a set of dishes that related in theme and or … Continue reading

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What TRX is Teaching Me

This summer, I started an exercise class called “TRX – Suspension Training”, and am getting more from the experience than I ever imagined. I joined the class because I wanted to be stronger and more fit. Little did I know it would make me … Continue reading

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Clay Chronicles – when dirt goes digital

I’m thrilled to be presenting again at the AENJ Conference this year! As a former AENJ Conference co-chair in 2012 and 2013, I know first hand the work that goes into planning the conference. Please be sure to thank your AENJ Leadership for all … Continue reading

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Back to School Night x 26

I love Back to School Night. Always have, always will. Tonight is number 26 for me and I am so glad that my students’ parents come to school to spend time with their child’s teachers! Thanks for being here to support our … Continue reading

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Feelin’ Groovy

Over the years, I’ve found myself thinking about the difference between a groove and a rut. When you imagine them, they are both essentially the same thing. However, when interpreted, a rut confines and limits movement, and a groove defines it, while facilitating … Continue reading

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