School Arts

School Arts Magazine is an art and craft teaching magazine, used by art, craft and classroom teachers from elementary age to college. It was founded in 1901 and is published nine times a year by Davis Publications Inc.Subjects include education. The editor is Nancy Walkup.

Articles from Vol. 94, No. 8, April

Botanical Studies and Marbled Paper
For some time, I have been attracted to botanical studies framed in marbleized mats. Marbled papers were once used for end papers in books that illustrated botanicals. Eventually, these studies were brought out of books and used as artworks. The marbled...
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Computers & Weaving
The history of computers shows the first programmable device was credited to Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752-1834) of France for inventing the automatic pattern loom. This "Jacquard Loom" used a series of cards with holes punched in them (not unlike the...
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Explosive Shape and Form
Our seventh grade art curriculum includes a unit of instruction on the principles and elements of design. To introduce this unit, I explain each individual element and principle while emphasizing that all will be incorporated into their artwork. Completing...
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Helen Hardin
The Artist in a Bicultural Society Helen Hardin was a bicultural artist with Anglo and Native-American roots. Daughter of the famous traditional painter Pablita Velarde of the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, Hardin was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico,...
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Kachina Dolls
Kachinas, the powerful ancestral spirits and friends of the Hopi Indians of Arizona, are called upon to bring rain, good health, and make the corn grow. They represent the "spirit essence" of all things in the world. During the Kachina Season, which...
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Love of the Land
"Traditions are meant to boost you to new ideas and ways. Many people's traditions change due to their changing life. The Navajo are cultural borrowers. They use the best of others and transform it in their own way. " During one of my many visits to...
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Making Memories, Monitos Style
When I first encountered the monitos, or little people paintings, of Carmen Lomas Garza, I was charmed by the vivid colors and intricate detail in her depictions of her childhood experiences. These visual anecdotes have a distinctive South Texas Chicano...
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Marriage of Two Paintings
At the completion of the first nine weeks, our beginning art fundamental students had worked through a number of drawing units and exploration of the elements. We sensed it was time for them to have a little fun with composition. Up to this point, we...
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Personal Shields
Our school is making a push to encourage all students to write more in every course. An introductory project relating Native-American art and symbolism with writing helped my students to improve their writing skills while stimulating their art historical...
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Rites of Passage
Traditional communities have ceremonies to mark important rites of passage in the lives of members. Some of those rites still survive in ceremonies such as baptisms, bar mitzvahs, initiations, weddings and funerals. When the community does not provide...
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Seeing with a Multicultural Perspective
How can the perspectives of other cultures contribute to our own ecological and social awareness? For students at P. S. 164, the Queens Valley School of the Arts, the answer to this question came through completing a unit on composition centered around...
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