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This website is an exhibition of Nancy Beal's teaching of art in an elementary school, a practice she has developed over thirty years. This online portfolio of images, words and videos documents one class and demonstrates Nancy's emphasis on the importance of artistic materials and the power of art to foster deeply personal connections between the artist and the world. Further resources are available for artists, teachers and parents looking to expand their knowledge of children's artistic development and "the art of teaching art" from the vantage point of this seasoned professional.


One Class with Nancy


A Day with the 5-6 year olds:

Making Stick Puppets



"My philosophy of teaching art can be stated simply. I think primarily in terms of art materials. I teach long-term familiarity with these materials so that children can master them and use them to express their own life experiences."
"Whether it's paint, or drawing, or clay, all of the materials lead to a kind of connection that can be very, very profoundly deep and personal. I think it's just a matter of trusting kids, which I do 100%, giving them good materials, asking them good questions."


About Nancy



Village Community School

Studio Art Statement

Art at Different Age Levels


About this website:

This is an experimental website created for the purpose of exploring the practice of teaching. It has grown out of work that Thomas Hatch started with the Knowledge Media Lab at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is being continued at NCREST, The National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching, based at Teachers College, Columbia University.