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Art IS Education is an annual, much anticipated county-wide showcase demonstrating the power of youth learning in and through the arts.

Art Events, Workshops, & Programs

Check out Art IS Education's calendar of events.

Teaching Artists Guild

Teaching Artists are hybrid professionals--artists and educators--who bring the arts to youth and families in schools, libraries and community settings during Art IS Education month and also throughout the year. Teaching Artists Guild is a nationwide membership of artists who teach; supporting each other to strengthen our own professional opportunities while working together to forge positive social change in the places and spaces we all live, learn, work, and play. TAG offers a directory to help find a teaching artist who can work with your school or library, low-cost workshops on how to bring the arts into our schools and communities, and the latest on arts education research.  Find out more at the web site:


Recommended Arts IS Education Reading

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Andrew Drew and Drew - Barney Saltzberg
When Andrew gets hold of a pencil, anything can#151;and does#151;happen in this innovative and artistic book. The story literally unfolds step-by-step as readers are invited to follow Andrew through flaps and gatefolds. After sharpening his drawing implement on the first page, Andrew challenges the boundaries of each spread by beginning with a line that leads . . . and leads . . . to unexpected finishes. Staircases become dinosaurs, kites become rockets, and even the most unassuming squiggle morphs into a giant chicken! This lighthearted depiction of artistic inspiration is sure to engage doodlers of all ages.

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Chloe and the Lion - Mac Barnett; Adam Rex (Illustrator)
Meet Chloe: Every week, she collects loose change so she can buy tickets to ride the merry-go-round. But one fateful day, she gets lost in the woods on her way home, and a large dragon leaps out from—"Wait! It's supposed to be a lion," says Mac Barnett, the author of this book. But Adam Rex, the illustrator, thinks a dragon would be so much cooler (don't you agree?). Mac's power of the pen is at odds with Adam's brush, and Chloe's story hangs in the balance. Can she help them out of this quandary to be the heroine of her own story?   Mac Barnett and Adam Rex are a dynamic duo, and two of the strongest contemporary voices in picture books today. In an accessible and funny way, Chloe and the Lion talks about the creative process and the joys and trials of collaboration.

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Artist Ted - Andrea Beaty; Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)
Ted paints his way into trouble—and a new friendship—in this comic adventure. One morning, Ted realizes that his room needs a little pizzazz—and for that he needs an artist. Of course, when Ted can’t find an artist, he becomes one! Ted uses his homemade brush and paints to create a portrait of his mom and spruce up the school hallways…until he accidentally hurts the new student’s feelings. Then, once again, it’s Ted to the rescue as the whole school makes their new friend feel welcome. With crisp, catchy text from a master wordsmith and bright, bold artwork, Artist Ted is a fantastic read-aloud addition to any young artist’s palette. 

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Willow - Denise Brennan-Nelson; Rosemarie Brennan; Cyd Moore (Illustrator)
Miss Hawthorn's room is neat and tidy, not a pencil or paintbrush is out of place. And that's how she likes it. And she likes trees that are colored green and apples that are painted red. Miss Hawthorn does not like things to be different or out of the ordinary. Into Miss Hawthorn's classroom comes young Willow. She doesn't color inside the lines, she breaks crayons, and she sees pink trees and blue apples. What will Miss Hawthorn think? Magical things can happen when your imagination is allowed to run wild, and for Miss Hawthorn the notion of what is art and what is possible is forever changed.

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Ruby, Violet, Lime - Jane Brocket
Presents colored photograph illustrations that demonstrate the three primary colors and three secondary colors, as well as brown, pink, black, white, gray, silver, and gold.

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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse - Eric Carle (Illustrator)
A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There's a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there's imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle's career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art.

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Happy Birthday, Jamela! - Niki Daly
What Jamela wants for her birthday is a pair of beautiful princess shoes. What she gets instead is clunky, practical school shoes. Jamela is definitely disappointed, but with glitter, beads, and glue Â- and a burst of inspiration Â- she transforms her present into a funky, fun work of art. Mama thinks Jamela's handiwork is a waste of hard-earned money . . . until a local artist helps Jamela tap the full potential of her spirited creativity.   Vibrant illustrations animate a sunny and satisfying story set in South Africa about embracing the imagination and also about feelings and situations that often arise at birthdays and other gift-giving occasions.

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The Art Lesson - Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
Tommy can't wait to start his art class at school. But once there, he is surprised to find rules! His art teacher wants him to copy her drawing, and he wants to create his own.

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Ants in Your Pants, Worms in Your Plants! - Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
Gilbert the opossum goes green in a new picture book celebrating Earth Day and the environment.

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Dot - Patricia Intriago
Dots here, dots there, you can see dots everywhere! Some are loud, and some are quiet. Some are happy, and some are sad. Some dots even taste yummy, while others taste bad. Graphic designer Patricia Intriago sets bold, circular shapes against a stark white background to emphasize opposite dot relationships.


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