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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 five-time recipient (2005, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017) of the New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education. She is also the 2017 National Secondary Art Teacher of the Year and the 2015 NJ Art Educator of the Year.

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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Creative Juices

My senior students graduated a month ago and it feels like I am now just starting to hit my summer stride. I have set a “new” routine that (although still involves school work, curriculum writing and planning) contains more time … Continue reading

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My friend Ellen shared a great article with me about Ai Weiwei’s most recent work. The article is posted on the creators project blog. [Exclusive] Ai Weiwei says Twitter is Art I appreciate his belief that all of his expressions … Continue reading

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Doing is renewing

It’s been a really long time since my last post. I’m back and am approaching the summer with the motto: doing is renewing. Eager to see what develops. Happy summer.  

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How lucky we are that inspiration can come from everywhere. This lesson idea was sparked by a personal experience that I had with a very special fortune cookie from nearly 20 years ago.  I shared the story with my students … Continue reading

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Art x 3 = U

The Creative Arts students participated in a collaborative art making experience designed around the theme: celebrity.  These collaborative works of art were created by the combined aesthetic decisions and contributions of three different students, who were known to each other … Continue reading

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Pop Prints

Inspired by Andy Warhol and other pop artists – my students created these fun pop prints! Click here to read more about the lesson!

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You’re My Sweet Art!

This colored pencil drawing lesson had several learning layers that added to its sweetness! We drew, we shaded and learned about color and value. We also looked at several living artists whose work is physically made from sweets or artists … Continue reading

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Drawing…it’s just like riding a bike!

The bike…our first drawing assignment of the year.  More than 75% of my students this year are new art students. I love watching kids do things they never thought they could do. Ride on!

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Idea Emporium!

Welcome back to School!  As part of the AENJ 2013 Conference, I participated in the “Idea Emporium!”  Here are some PDF lessons that I shared at this fun event. Whether you were there or not, here are some lesson ideas!! … Continue reading

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