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Discount Art Supplies
Blick Art Supplies
Art Instruction Schools
Artistic Pursuits
Atelier
Core Learning Corefx
Day to Day: Grandma's Magic Scissors
DJ Inkers
Ellison
iD Tech Camps
Kuddl’ems “Stuffy Bear” Kits & Stuffing Parties
Math Drawings


Art Instruction Schools -- Creating Better Artist Since 1914


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Since 1914, Art Instruction Schools has helped thousands of aspiring artists become more skilled, confident and creative with their art. Develop your skills from home, on your own pace, while receiving one-on-one instruction. The fully accredited Fundamentals of Art course is designed to include all popular art techniques and is recognized as one the most extensive art education courses available.

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Artistic Pursuits
Review by Linda K. Foster

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Children, by their very nature, are creative beings and, unfortunately, too many art programs offer structured instruction that stifles this natural creativity. Artistic Pursuits takes the approach that teaching children to go beyond their first ideas and find solutions that are personal to them can stimulate creativity and the motivation to continue learning. Artistic Pursuits encourages students to explore their environment by looking at new things and new places and looking at them again and again until they see each in a new light. The creative process involves the artist starting with an image and manipulating it until it becomes technically and visually appealing, communicating what the artist is trying to say. Artistic Pursuits believes that this process can and should be developed at an early age and has designed programs beginning with grades K-3 and advancing to grades 4-12.

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Atelier

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Art is an imperative part of any child’s education and is just as important as reading, writing, and mathematics. Many of our most valuable skills, including creative ability, aesthetic judgment, problem posing and solving, critical thinking, and visualization are fostered by an effective and thorough arts education. Research continually shows that children who receive art lessons while they are young become more imaginative and creative adults. Creativity allows for innovation and adaptability, both vital characteristics in today’s world. Unfortunately, education in the arts has begun to suffer in the public education system in favor of more “practical” subjects.

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CORE LEARNING - Featuring corefx Three Level
Review by L.K. Foster

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The mission of Core Learning has always been “To bring quality educational resources to school and learning environments where fundamental skill development is valued as a basis for higher learning and life skills.”  To fulfill this mission, Core Learning offers an array of software programs and books as supplemental learning resources designed to reinforce and consolidate the understanding of grade level curriculum, to assess learning needs and remediate skills to grade level, and to offer opportunities to enrich and accelerate learning. Products are well-designed and easy to use and follow sound and proven instructional design principles. Core Learning also believes “…computing technologies can effectively facilitate and manage learning especially where the software program is adaptable to different learning needs.”

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Day to Day Enterprises: Grandma's Magic Scissors

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For nearly 50 years Grandma has entertained children and adults alike with the magic of her scissors. Grandma's Magic Scissors has over 100 patterns along with detailed directions on how you can take a blank sheet of paper and create art that will produce hours of pleasure. Nowhere will you find more diverse patterns in a single book than within the 160 pages of this book.

“Grandma’s Magic Scissors is a dream for scissor happy people. With over a hundred patterns rated easy to expert we found lots of different patterns to suite our tastes. The directions are simple and straighforward and all the patterns are full size. No matter if your a crafter or a child you will enjoy this inventive and fun book..” —Society for Authors and Writers

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DJ Inkers for Clip Art, Fonts & More!

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By Melissa Stepan

Whether you’re a school teacher, homeschooling mom or simply someone with artistic desires and scrapbooking interests – you will be pleased to know that you can find all the ideas and tools you will ever need at www.djinkers.com. Visit the website and view samples of cards, scrapbooks, tags, stationary, school ideas and more. Log on to their DJ Learning Center and get tips and hints on how to use DJ Inkers products such as clip art, stamps, fonts and scrapbooks supplies.

DJ Inkers, began in 1990 and experienced immediate success with their first Cut & Copy books. It was the only clip-art book with a distinct and whimsical style that was available in a craft store. DJ Inker's darling clip-art is now available for easy creating on your computer, along with their award-winning designer fonts. Both clip-art and fonts are available on CD or instantly with a digital download.

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iD Tech Camps
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Check out America’s #1 technology camp.  During this weeklong, day and overnight program, ages 7-17 build robots, create video games, design websites with Flash®, film digital movies, learn programming and more.  With one computer per student and an average of six students per staff, students are given the attention they need to excel and take home a project at the end of the weeklong course.  Programs are located at over 50 prestigious universities in 23 states, including Stanford, Brown, Columbia, MIT, Northwestern, Georgetown, Emory and more.  Special Teen programs include: iD Gaming Academy iD Film Academy and a Study Abroad program in Spain.  Spaces fill quickly so visit www.internalDrive.com <http://www.internaldrive.com/>  for more details and online specials.  You can also call 1-888-709-TECH (8324).  Mention promo code WD43 to save.

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Kuddl’ems “Stuffy Bear” Kits & Stuffing Parties Stuffy Bear

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Kuddl’ems, offers a wide variety of Animal Stuffing Kits!! Bears, Cows, Dogs, a Calico Cat, two colors of Unicorn, Reindeer . . . Imagine being a child and having the opportunity to build your own stuffed animal and when I say “build”, I mean build. No stuffing machine, here. These kits are made for hand-stuffing by children or adults, and meet all safety requirements. Each Animal Stuffing Kit includes a high-quality unstuffed 16” animal “skin”, stuffing material, a wishing star, birth certificate and a poly bag; all the necessary tools to help build the perfect lifelong friend -- your own personal stuffed animal.

Kuddl’ems also specializes in fundraising and home-based business opportunities that are perfect for homeschool groups and families or church, etc., that need to raise money through fundraising. Simply log onto www.kuddlems.com or call 212-501–7711 to organize the perfect fundraiser. For those of you looking to generate some additional income through a fun and easy home business, consider giving an animal – stuffing party for children in your community. Kuddl’ems will work with you and help you get started. The demand for stuffed animals will never be exhausted and their selection of hand-stuffed animals and kits are popular, due to their low price and high quality. You will find virtually endless opportunities and benefits with Kuddl’ems. Call them today to get started!


Math Drawings
Review by Linda K. Foster

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Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

Mary soon found that she was able to disguise new and old math vocabulary as instructions for drawing and, for the first time in her teaching career, she had 100% participation in her math lessons. Her students were able to combine their love for drawing with basic geometric principles to create “works of art”.  Mary later taught math and art on television for 2½ on the Los Angeles based KLCS-TV program “Homework Hotline Teacher” and was ultimately convinced to write Math Drawings so her principles could be used by teachers in their art, history and special education classes.

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