For over 15 years, Nic Hahn has worked with students of all ages in various schools and districts around the Midwestern US– and if there’s one thing she’s discovered, it’s the importance of community in teaching art.
Nic Hahn started a blog called Mini Matisse in 2010 to connect parents to the art projects that were coming home in the hands of their children, but the online connection was just the beginning. Her quest to bring people with interest and experience with students thirsty to try new forms of art has sparked local, nationwide, and international interest and participation– demonstrating that the invitation to create is universal and that we all have a lot to learn from one another.
- What prompted Nic to create her blog, Mini Matisse
- How often she creates blog posts, and what her philosophy on blogging is like
- The ways blogging has impacted Nic’s teaching
- Nic shares her favorite community art projects, and why they’re important
- Ways to proactively manage emotionally challenging art lessons with students
- Tips for engaging families and volunteers in art class support
- How to find and support classroom volunteers
- Unexpected benefits of having volunteers come in to support students
- Tips and advice for teachers starting a community-driven art learning program
- Nic explains what an Artist’s Trading Card is
- How Nic’s classrooms began trading art with schoolchildren in Japan
- Nic shares her artistic inspirations
- Why Nic named her daughter Matisse
Links Mentioned in the Show:
- Community Project from Mini-Matisse
- Bit-O-Bios on Teachers Pay Teachers
- Artist Trading Card Project on Mini-Matisse
- Lisa Congdon Art Project on Mini-Matisse
- Volunteer with RSVP
Connect with Nic:
- Nic’s Website: Mini Matisse
- Nic on Instagram – @minimatisseart
- Nic on Twitter – @minimatisse
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