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. 105, No. 3, November

Art at the Astrodome
Ten thousand people, one stadium, and nothing to do. It seemed unimaginable that these patient people, isolated by the wake of hurricane Katrina, might have to wait months, even years, to regain some structure in their lives. Of course, after wading...
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Artists Speak: Hiroshi Sugimoto
Born 1948 Tokyo, Japan Education BA, Saint Paul's University, Tokyo, Japan BFA, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA Lives and Works New York, NY Media & Materials Photography, Architecture Biography Central...
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Artopia: The Arts at Your Fingertips
In this month's column I've invited South Carolina art teacher Scot Hockman to share an exciting new Web site for art teachers and students. --Craig Roland Artopia (www.knowitall.org/artopia) is a comprehensive Web site on the arts for middle and...
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Bringing Art to Life through Living Paintings: How Could I Help a New Student-Teacher Plan a Memorable Lesson That Would Incorporate Art History and Painting? the Lesson Would Be Taught to a First-Year Drawing and Painting Class. after Several Brainstorming and Planning Sessions, We Decided on a "Living Painting" Lesson
This idea grew from several of my past lessons which gave students insight into artists and their work. For example, a former student-teacher presented a lesson on Grant Wood while she and our vice-principal dressed as the couple in Wood's American...
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Buzzing Bugs and Creepy Crawlies: A Lesson in Tolerance and Design
I'll admit it. I hate bugs. Sorry, insects, to be more accurate. I get annoyed at anything that buzzes in my ear and cringe at the sight of a spider. (I know, they're technically arachnids.) Nevertheless, I understand how important insects are to our...
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Curiosity, Connections, and Living Paintings
My mother always claimed that my first word was "why" (and that I drove her crazy with it) but I have always been curious about the way things work and the way they connect. As a teacher, it always seemed natural and logical to me to make meaningful...
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Georges Seurat, a Sunday on la Grande Jatte
About the Artist Born in Paris in December 1859 into a middleclass family with enough income to support him throughout his life, Georges Seurat began his artistic career at the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts. After a year and a half, Seurat quit...
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It's Greek to Me: More Than One Hundred Different Types of Ceramic Vessels Were Used in Ancient Greece. the Shapes and Functions of the Pieces Varied. the Finest of These Vessels Were Always Decorated
Initially, forms were incised into the clay. In about 530 BC a method called the red figure technique was invented, whereby the forms were brushed onto the clay. The brush gave the artist greater flexibility, and in the ensuing years there was a more...
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Kindergartners Love Dinosaurs
Kindergartners love dinosaurs! This lesson integrates art, language arts, and science in an enjoyable, creative project about dinosaurs. In my art class, many of my lessons integrate art and reading. The classroom teacher appreciates the language and...
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Lesson Plan Writing
The most successful teachers are those who are capable planners. Becoming an accomplished planner takes time and practice and an understanding of what should and should not be in a lesson plan. What makes an effective lesson plan? There is no one right...
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Making Connection through the Lens of Blue Man Group
While difficult to describe or pigeonhole, encounters with Blue Man Group encourage viewers to consider such time-honored questions as: * What is art? * Who can be an artist? * How do social norms condition us? Try to visualize a multi-sensory...
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Motivating Students to Write about Art
Why? As the word "write" comes out of my mouth, I immediately hear the groans of the middle-school students surrounding me. They no longer look at me with excitement, and truthfully, I have mixed feelings about this writing thing myself. Before incorporating...
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Reading, Writing, and Relief
It really doesn't get any better than this in terms of integrating art and academic learning. Thanks to a generous grant from a family foundation, two retired art teachers from Washington Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois, were brought back to...
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Seurat-the-Dots
My son's school has an "Art in the Classroom" program in which parents make presentations about art to students. I was assigned to present the French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat to my son's second-grade class. Rather than simply telling...
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The Science of Clay
What is clay? Where did it come from? What is a glaze? How is it different from paint? What is a kiln? What does it mean to "fire" a clay object? What kind of matter is clay? Is it a solid, liquid, or gas? What chemical changes take place during firing?...
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Thinking about the Blue Men: Who Can Be an Artist?
Sometimes the questions that art poses and the paths taken to answer them can be as important as the answers themselves. Questions in aesthetics--the branch of art that deals with philosophical issues--involve exploration of big ideas that have varied...
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