How to Inspire Creativity in Your Child

written by Georgia Schumacher 22 April 2014

Creativity at a Young AgeWhile all children are naturally creative, it’s important to nurture these tendencies so they’ll strengthen and contunie as the child grows. Not only will creative experiences help children deal with the myriad of feelings they’re just beginning to express--creative parenting techniques can also help foster your children’s mental growth, encouraging them to try out new ideas, ways of thinking, and even problem solving.

Artists Raising Artists

If you have a job where your creativity is expressed daily, nurturing this aspect of your child’s personality can start with sharing your artistic space with your child or including them in your creative process, whether that involves painting, fashion design, film making or other similar actions.

If your daily activities are a bit complex or hard to share with your children, never fear! Here are some tips on how to encourage your child’s creativity:

Ask questions: When out on a walk in the park or at the grocery store, children will naturally ask questions, but you can inspire their imagination by keeping the conversation going throughout the day. The best questions are open-ended ones like “What if?”

Be ready for creativity anywhere: Be prepared by toting crayons and paper with you so you can take advantage of down time at a restaurant or while waiting at the doctor’s office. Weave creativity into common everyday experiences.

Let them take the lead sometimes: See what they’ll whip up in the kitchen for dinner (with adult supervision, of course!).

Art starts conversations: Ask questions about the art they create, but also about the art they see in museums, the movies they watch, and the outfits they choose to wear. Ask them what they think is going on in a painting, how a show might have ended differently, or what they were thinking as they drew a picture.

Set the Stage

Make sure your child has a space at home to create all types of art. This space should be filled with plenty of raw materials so they can experiment with creative endeavors that go beyond just drawing or painting. Give them a chance to dabble with music, photography, clay, wood, and anything else you can think of. This way, they can explore what medium allows them to be the most creative. The goal is for them to express themselves, and this can manifest itself in any number of ways. Maybe you can paint one of the walls with chalkboard paint so she can create and recreate all in one afternoon. Or, put up squares of cork on a large section of a wall so he will have gallery space to hang his newest creations.

The Value of Creativity

As Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day approaches, many of us start thinking about the future careers our children may pursue. Remember, creativity is important across all careers and all aspects of life. Arranging opportunities now for your child to experience creative activities will help celebrate their uniqueness, offer wonderful opportunities for you to connect with your child, and prepare them for a future of creative thinking and problem solving.

Take Command of Your Financial Future

written by Georgia Schumacher 21 April 2014

iGrad logoAt The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, we understand that attending art school is a significant investment in your future. That’s why we’re so excited to introduce iGrad, your personalized site for important financial literacy information, available anytime you need it!

In just 30 seconds, you can create a profile and start seeing content customized to fit your needs. Utilize iGrad's full library of resources including short video presentations, webinars, educational games, calculators, a job and internship search tool, and current, relevant articles on a wide array of financial topics.

Using these resources, you can learn valuable tips and lessons for understanding financial aid and managing your finances wisely as you work your way toward completing your art school program. Some of the topics covered include:

• Financial aid processes and awards
• Paying for college
• Time management
• Credit management
• Preparing for life after college
• Personal finance tips for students

You can access these resources at any time, and be sure to stop by regularly for new information as it becomes available. Check out iGrad today!

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5 Ways the Online Library Can Help You Succeed

written by Editor Georgia Schumacher 14 April 2014

Library Book

Written By Guest Blogger
Audra Deemer, Manager of Library Services

1. Find reputable and scholarly resources. Though you and your your art school colleagues can quickly find many resources on the web by using popular search engines like Google, you will often find an overwhelming number of results with no easy way to narrow them down. Most information on the web is not evaluated for accuracy and some sites may even ask you to pay to view the content. The library databases have done the hard part of the research process for you. Only credible sources from trusted publishers are included in the library databases and most are available in full text—all at no charge to you!

2. Receive help from librarians 7 days a week. You can get in contact with the librarians through email, phone, and the Ask Us service. You’ll find the Ask Us tab on the Online Library homepage. Use this service to find answers to frequently asked questions even during the hours librarians are not available. You can also submit your question to be answered by email. We have extended hours to help meet your research needs.

Sunday: 12 PM-2 AM ET
Monday-Thursday: 8 AM-2 AM ET
Friday: 8 AM-11 PM ET
Saturday: 10 AM-11 PM ET

3. Attend live online workshops and set up research consultations. Webinars are held monthly and include information on how to use specific databases, tours of the online library, and research-related topics specific to art school students. If you can’t attend, you can watch the recordings on your own time by going to the Help & Tutorials page of the Online Library. If you need one-on-one time with a librarian, you can find and sign up for open research consultations on the calendar found on the Online Library homepage. You can also contact the librarians directly by email or phone to set up an appointment that fits your schedule. We even use a web conferencing tool to share our screens so you can better see how to use the resources.

4. Access more than just articles and eBooks. Though we have thousands of articles from journals, magazines and newspapers and full text eBooks on a vast number of subjects covered in art schools like ours, we also have resources for software tutorials, career information, videos, fashion reports and trends, company and industry reports, data and specs on materials, and market research! Find databases like Digital Tutors, Stylesight, Learning Express Library, Material ConneXion, and much more on the Industry Info page of the Online Library.

5. Get Modern Language Association (MLA) formatted references. Many library databases provide a citation tool that generates the MLA reference for you. Look for a Cite tool when accessing the databases. Be sure to verify the accuracy of the reference with your MLA guide. If you need help, contact the library!

Contact our Online Librarians at aionlinelibrary@aii.edu and 888-318-3440.

Stay in touch with Alumni Connections

written by Georgia Schumacher 9 April 2014

Alumni ConnectionsGraduating soon? Already a successful alumni? Find out how using The Art Institutes Alumni Connections can benefit you! This is your chance to

• Network with fellow alumni
• Research companies
• Search for job opportunities

Do all this in just one place! Tap into the nationwide network of our art school alums with Alumni Connections, an exclusive, easy-to-use resource that takes just five minutes to join and is available at no charge to you.

What’s in it for you

• Connect with alumni in creative professions across the country and stay in touch with fellow grads from your art school

• Post your resume and search for resumes added by other alumni

• Keep informed of alumni news and events

• Research employers looking for our art school grads and find job openings in creative fields

• Share your story. Tell us how you’ve used your creativity in your personal and professional life since graduating from art school. Let us know what you’re excited about in your career and your profession at-large. We can share your story many different ways - our national alumni e-newsletter - our national website - and to students locally, but you have to tell it!

• Access a variety of career resources and tools, including a resume builder, interview preparation, industry news, company profiles, career advice, our Alumni Lunch Chat Archive, and more!

Sign up today

Are you a graduate (or will be soon) of one of our art schools? Register now at www.alumniconnections.com/ArtInstitutes – it takes five minutes for a lifetime of valuable connections!

Join us for these April events!

written by Georgia Schumacher 2 April 2014

Calendar iconYou might guess that as an art school offering fully online programs we wouldn’t have many events, but in reality we have a full calendar this month! Driven by our active student and faculty community, April brings yet another month of exciting events for our art school students at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. Register for events and stay in the know with what’s happening by checking the Events calendar in Campus Common!

Here’s a quick look at what’s on the schedule this month!

Graphic Design Career Series, Starting 4/3/14

This is our seventh annual Graphic Design Career Series. This year, the series features 5 top industry professionals and designers discussing critical industry topics as well as their creative inspiration. The discourse provides students with valuable insight to contemporary professional practice and career preparation. Read more >

IGDA Meetings, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Our student chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) typically meets twice a week and is a great opportunity for students interested in game design and development. Learn more about our group and discover 10 reasons why you should join in this post from September!

Orientation Class – Live Webinar, Weekly in April

Take part in a meet and greet webinar for the Orientation Class. This session will be used to introduce your facilitator and demonstrate classroom navigation functions and features of the Campus Common.

Learn to Draw: Perspective Drawing, 4/8

This event is recommended for students in FND113 Perspective Drawing and FND110 Drawing. Watch demos and get your questions answered about one, two, and three-point perspective, as well as other perspective drawing techniques.

Illustrator Bootcamp I: Basic Designing, 4/14

This event is recommended for students in FND111 Color Theory and FND112 Fundamentals of Design. Topics include basic workflow, creating and editing basic shapes, and an introduction to color, fills, and strokes.

Online Tutoring Services Introduction, 4/22

This brief webinar will introduce students to our on-demand, online tutoring options. We will demonstrate how students can access our online tutoring, discuss the different tutoring categories available, and cover other important details about this convenient, complimentary resource.

To register or view our full calendar, current students can visit the Events page in the Campus Common today! (From your Campus Common home page, select Events in the Campus Life dropdown menu.)

Interested in attending an art school and taking classes from your own home? Learn more information about The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division today.