The Studio Habits of Mind framework was developed through the insightful research of Harvard Project Zero. Researchers and educators Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veenema, Kimberly Sheridan, Diane Jacquith, and Jill Hogan have published extensive resources for educators since 2007 (see bottom of the page for resources).

These video vignettes profile diverse creative community members modeling studio habits of mind and discussing the beauty of mistakes, the need to struggle, and the satisfaction of making their unique contributions to the world through their art form.`

ArtCore teaching and learning modules will incorporate these videos and connect students to new voices from the community. Driving reflective practice in the classroom, these videos will be used to stimulate new directions for student thinking and anchor the studio habits of mind for both teachers and students.

Each studio habit of mind link connects to a page with the video, reflections prompts, artist bio, and the advice they wished they would give their middle-school selves.




Impressionist painter Mark Clarke takes his time with his paintings. He does not work under deadlines, and his paintings evolve with each brush stroke. In this video, Clarke explains the beauty of embracing the surprise in art, and the beautiful wonder it brings when you stop to Observe the world around you. 


What are Other important Habits of Mind?

There are other habits of mind that are key to artistic and creative pursuits. The three videos below portray three artists that illustrate what it means to take risks, make with confidence, and endure with perseverance.


Taking Risks



Studio Habits of Mind Resources

Hetland, L., Winner, E., Veenema, S., & Sheridan, K. (2007). Studio Thinking: The real benefits of visual arts education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 

Hetland, L., Winner, E., Veenema, S., & Sheridan, K. (2013). Studio Thinking 2: The real benefits of visual arts education, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.  

Hogan, J., Hetland, L., Jacquith, D., & Winner, E. (in press, 2018). Studio thinking for the elementary school. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.