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TCA helps teachers beat budget woes

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From Chicago Teacher for a day archives

TEMPE, Ariz. – In celebration of its three-year anniversary, the Tempe Center for the Arts is making available a free, three-part lesson plan called “TCA Biennial: Glass.”

The lesson plan, created by Mary Erickson, Ph.D., in association with the city of Tempe and Arizona art teacher LynnAlison McGavack-Martin, examines how contemporary glass artists celebrate the glories and subtleties of light and color and how people throughout time have made and used glass around the world.

Teachers and parents are encouraged to take advantage of the easy-to-use, online lesson plan for enhancing the art experiences of elementary and secondary school students. The “Glass” unit can be found at

“Due to budget cuts, many schools and after-school organizations have been forced to reduce arts and culture programs,” TCA Gallery Coordinator Michelle Dock said. “The Gallery at TCA hopes to help fill the gap by providing these online art education tools to students locally and worldwide.”

For local students, the Gallery at TCA offers fee, docent-led tours of the facility and the 3,500-square foot gallery.

About the exhibition
“TCA Biennial: Glass” celebrates the TCA’s third anniversary and features works on glass, art made of glass and artists inspired by glass, a tradition for third anniversaries. A jury panel chose 21 artists from around Arizona to participate in the exhibition. The artists work with a wide array of glass making techniques and contemporary themes and imagery, including traditional and contemporary blown glass vessels, decorative objects, jewelry, window panes, wall hangings, chandeliers, architectural installations and self-standing sculptures.

TCA’s online curriculum
The following lesson plans are accessible for free at

• Architecture (Elementary & Secondary)
• But It’s a Dry Heat
• Cars & Guitars
• Chuck Jones: Animation
• TCA Biennial: Glass
• Masters of Illusion (Elementary & Secondary)
• NCECA: Clay, Useful or Beautiful?
• Outsiders Within
• Projecting Persona: The Public Image of Roy Orbison
• Public Art
• Read Me a Picture
• TCA Biennial: Paper

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