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Articles from Vol. 146, No. 2, October

"A"~all about Me: Picture-Perfect Self-Portraits
LEARNING OBJECTIVES K-5 students will ... * think about who they really are, including their hobbies and interests. * create proportionally accurate portraits. * learn new art vocabulary. MATERIALS * Permanent markers * Multicultural...
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Art Elements for Middle- and High-Schoolers
Whenever an area is enclosed by a line, a potential shape is created. After the area is filled in with color, value, texture or lines, an actual shape is created and it is perceived as defining either positive or negative space. In this, the second...
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Carp Collage
I have always liked the idea of doing a metal-tooling project with my kids, but the quality of the results always ranged greatly, as there are so many potential pitfalls with this medium. Finally I have found some solutions to the problems I frequently...
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Celebrating Diversity with Kindergarten and Grade 1 Self-Portraits
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Diversity show fortunate we are to live in a country inhabited by citizens originating from so many different cultures. Diversity is a concept we share with our students every day, teaching them to respect, admire and celebrate...
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Classroom Use of the Art Print
Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569). Children's Games (Kinderspiele), 1560. Oil on oak panel; 118 x 161 cm. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria. THINGS TO KNOW Pieter Bruegel the Elder, also known as Peasant Bruegel or Pieter the Droll,...
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Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THE ARTIST Pieter Bruegel the Elder is widely considered to be the most important 16th-century Flemish painter of the Northern Renaissance. Born around 1525 in Breda (a town that is now part of Holland), Bruegel (also spelled Brueghel) came from...
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Editor's Note
When it comes to art materials, paper is particularly pertinent. So, let us ponder "The Particulars of Paper" with a small sampling of this month's projects ... In our Cover Story, "Up Close And Personal: Photorealistic Self-Portraits" (page 30), high-school...
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Getting "Into" Fantasy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I was thrilled when my art department got a digital camera and Adobe[R] Photoshop[R] Elements. The problem was: How do you include technology in a lesson when you've only got one computer and roomful of eager artists? This...
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Happy Birthday with Handmade Paper
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Making paper in the blender is always exciting for students. When you couple that with using the paper to make a mural for a birthday celebration, the excitement swells. Eric Carle is a great inspiration to children with...
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Haunted by Houses
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When the two fourth-grade teachers, Mrs. Carlis Gadis and Mrs. Donna Ponzo-Vance, came into my room together smiling ear to ear, I knew I was in trouble. "We had an idea," they slowly began to harmonize. When you hear these...
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Lost in Form, Found in Line: An Exhibition of Works by Robert Motherwell
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) is universally regarded as one of the most important painters and printmakers of the mid-20th century, and was a prominent figure in the movement known as Abstract Expressionism. Born and raised on the West Coast, he...
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School-Supply Artists
I still have my childhood brown leather book bag, and inside is a brown pencil case. On the surface, they are both like everyone else's. But, beneath the flaps, hidden inside its compartments, I secretly displayed my soccer team buttons. Pencil cases...
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The Magic of One-Half
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Teachers love to find lessons that teach art concepts while connecting with classroom learning--students experiencing the joy of creating in left- and right-brain modes. And, when I teach my first-graders about the magic of...
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Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers: Paper Particulars
I am pleased to be sharing the "Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers column this year with fellow teacher, Glenda Lubiner--this is a true "telecommuting" collaboration! Because the column is all about tips from art teachers that will help other teachers,...
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Up Close and Personal: Photorealistic Self-Portraits
At the beginning of the school year, I began with an ordinary icebreaking activity for my advanced art students, a survey that asked the question: What would you like to get from our art class this year? Without fail, the majority of students responded...
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... with Sharpened Perception
"Learn to see," advised 19th-century physician William Osler who, without the aid of advanced medical technology such as MRI, could diagnose a disease simply by seeing subtle signs. Unlike humans and animals, the objects in a still life don't move,...
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