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. 102, No. 1, September

A Bridge to the Community. (outside the Box)
It was the eyes, I think. Something was drawing me back to this crowd of faces--and to one face in particular. The face belonged to an Indian princess--one of nine staring out at me from a display case in a corridor in Indian Lane Elementary School....
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An Interview with a Digital Artist. (New Technologies)
Flora Iacchia is an artist who believes that the times have changed and that painting should change with the times. Her approach to digital painting, which she calls Modern Arts, incorporates the latest software engineering principles. Recently,...
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ArtEd Online
Helpful websites for developing instructional materials How often have you felt the need for some new ideas to use with your students? Sometimes you just need a spark to jumpstart your thinking to develop fresh ideas into lesson plans and instructional...
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Artful Healing
Last September, shortly after the opening of school, we were faced with the major challenge and huge national emergency of the terrorist attacks. While dealing with shock and grief, I turned to my middle school students, knowing they needed opportunities...
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Art in Action: Kazuo Shiraga. (Looking & Learning)
"Technique will change to free and wild action, and it ignites my passion. Passion turns into action, and it fills my flaming heart." --Kazuo Shiraga About the Artist Kazuo Shiraga was born in Japan in 1924, and reached adulthood in the...
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Autumn Reflections: Elementary
Significant Problem Through observation and awareness of the landscape, students can explore the natural forms and colors seen in trees, and the pattern of reflections in water. Essential Concepts 1. Learning how to paint thin lines using...
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Constructing Knowledge in Art: A Three-Part Series
Constructivism is an educational theory in which students are actively engaged in both the learning process and content. Art education is inherently constructive. Students build a base of knowledge through experience, as well as cognitive and social...
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CyberSearch: Guided Inquiry on the Internet
Editor's Note: Please see the new handout feature, CyberSearch, on page 38. In the last few years, the Internet has become part of our daily lives. Many people have online access at home, school, and elsewhere. How can we use this vast resource...
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Displaying Diversity
Everyone in our nation was deeply affected by the tragic events of September 11th. Middle school students are old enough to comprehend the catastrophe, but feel helpless about their role in the aftermath. After the President urged all of us to be...
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Exploring the Potential of Inquiry. (Teacher Talk)
Mary Erickson National Art Education Association's National Art Educator of the Year 2002 Professor of Art Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona Author of Stories of Art SchoolArts: Mary, what qualities do you look for in a teacher? Mary...
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Find out on the Web! We All Seek Meaning and Purpose in Our Lives. Many Artists Have Addressed Mood, Meaning, and Purpose in Their Art. Let's Try to Find Some of These Artworks on the Internet and See What We Can Learn from Them. (Cyber Search)
1. What does art show us about life? Explore one of the web pages about Les Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, a medieval book of illustrations: www.ibiblio.org/wm/rh/ www.thebeckoning.com/art/limbourg/limbourg.html humanities.uchicago.edu/images/heures/heures.html...
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Fraction City
The urge to build and construct is universal and natural for us all. For a child, it marks the first attempt at creative problem solving, not to mention an early encounter with the laws of science. Perhaps the best part is that it's fun and confidence...
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Giorgio De Chirico: The Sailors' Barracks. (Read! Look! Learn!)
Carefully read the passage below. If there are words that you do not understand, look them up in the dictionary. Giorgio de Chirico was born in Greece in 1888. Both of his parents were Italian. His father was a railroad engineer who died when...
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Harvesting Color: Elementary
Significant Problem Many students have stories to share about helping with harvest, or taking photos of harvest time. Students combine a study of harvest with their senses to create a fall harvest drawing on Scratch-Etch[R] paper. Essential...
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Lee Anne Miller, Storm Spirits: Horizon #6, 1997. (Gallery Card)
Watercolor, 22 3/8 x 29 5/8" (57 x 75 cm). Courtesy of the Springville Museum of Art. About the Art The artist's use of overlapping and blended color tones in Storm Spirits: Horizon #6 provides depth and interest in this abstract landscape....
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Let's Discuss It ... in One Hundred Words or Less
The purpose of this column is to initiate dialogs among our readers, and to help teachers find answers to their questions. We invite you to respond via e-mail directly to the teacher and to "cc" the Editor of SchoolArts: ekatter@ ptdprolog.net....
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Meaningful Abstracts: Introducing Children to the Work of Helen Frankenthaler. (Cover Story)
"What is that a picture of?" "Why was that artist so famous?" "I can do that stuff." "That's not art!" After overhearing several comments about posters I had displayed depicting abstract works of art, I decided it was high time I tackled the challenge...
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Mood, Meaning, and Purpose. (Editor's Comments)
As we start out this new school year, how can we set the course for an art-filled life for all students? We asked ourselves this question as we planned the magazine for the coming year. We answered it by making sure that each issue of the magazine...
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Mood Swings
Have you ever wondered about the moods of eighth graders? How would a mood look if it became a painting? After years of teaching art, I finally decided it was time to find out and delve deeper into the mind of an eighth grader. What I discovered...
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Seven Deadly Sins
For the past several years, three high school teachers in Pennsylvania have been collaborating on ideas for new and exciting art problems for high school students. We call this collaboration project IDEA (Inter-District Experience in Art). The participating...
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Stamping out Injustice and Terrorism
Several years ago, I gave my students an assignment to design mail art to be sent to the major art schools where they sought admission. The results were extremely successful, with many students being accepted into the art schools of their choice....
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Verso
Teaching Tip of the Month Using a variety of instructional strategies and learning activities provides students with opportunities to learn in ways that are responsive to their own communication styles, cognitive styles, and aptitudes. In addition,...
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Wall of Remembrance
Our Wall of Remembrance at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School began seven years ago. It was modeled after the tile panels at the U.S. Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Seventh-grade students engaged in a nine-week study of the Holocaust and integrated...
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What the Arts Do for the Young. (Moving Forward)
More often than not, teachers have had an uphill battle to fight to keep the arts alive in their schools. It is ironic that a nation that holds the arts in such high esteem in our cultural life should assign them such a marginal place in our schools....
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