Barbara Hughes was born and raised in San Francisco, California and received a B.A. in Art with an emphasis in Art Education and a concentration in ceramics and glass at the California State ...more
Group Mural Project
Why I teach Ceramics
Teaching ceramics at the high school level can be a challenge. Unlike other media, clay can engage the hand, eye, and brain with form, function, and color. Teaching ceramics not only connects students with inorganic materials and ancient learning processes, it connects students to art, history, and science. One ceramic project can incorporate drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques to form an artwork that will last for centuries. What other subject can do all of that? CERAMICS ROCKS!
Ceramics 1- 4
Ceramic student's imagination and creative abilities will be challenged through hands-on projects utilizing traditional clay forming methods, decorating techniques, critical analysis, research ...more
Aragon Ceramics Students ROCK!
Here's to the crazy ones
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." Apple
Banned Books Mixed Media Group Mural Project 2015
9 Reasons to Study Art in High School
Teachers are often asked why students should study Art in high school. The common responses relate to creative thinking, broadening the mind and feeding the soul: all of which do little to address ...more
2013 AHS Faculty Honored
2012 Academic Bowl Honors Teachers and Staff
2012 Dr. Hughes Visits Schools in India
Early in October, National Art Education Association (NAEA)
2011 AHS Faculty Honored
2011 Dr. Hughes Visits Schools in Cuba
Art Education is one of Cuba’s Greatest Strengths
Early in October, National Art Education Association (NAEA) partnered with Professional Abroad to send a 26-member delegation of art educators—led by Past President Barry Shauck and President Robert ...more
Why Study Art?
What does recent research* say about the arts and academics?
" Since the early 1970's, when financial constraints forced schools to reduce programs, the arts have taken the brunt and were severely cut ...more
"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." President Barack Obama
The National Performing Arts Convention offers a great collection of quotes in support of arts education. It includes present-day business leaders and elected officials, as well as thinkers like ...more
Guggenheim Study Reveals Importance of Arts Education in Development of Problem-Solving Skills and Creativity
NEWS RELEASE: GUGGENHEIM STUDY REVEALS IMPORTANCE OF ARTS EDUCATION IN DEVELOPMENT OF PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS AND CREATIVITY
Findings from The Art of Problem Solving Presented at June 3–4 Conference