Arts & Activities

An elementary and high school art education magazine providing a professional forum for experiences, opinions, and new ideas for art educators. Includes strategies for art instruction, approaches to art history, techniques for student art evaluation, and

Articles from Vol. 131, No. 5, June

2002 Guide to Summer Ordering
2002 Guide to Summer Ordering ARTS & ACTIVITIES' comprehensive directory of sources of art and craft supplies and equipment, schools, publications and services ... a ready reference for teachers, administrators and purchasing agents....
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Art on Wheels. (Children's Art Diary)
My daughter, Ana's, purple 1950s Schwinn was so big and heavy, that I had to walk it for her. She wanted the wide-tired "tank" (found at a flea market) because of its imposing color and because it had not one, but two baskets--a wicker basket in...
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A View "Through"
Oftentimes, when I get a serious bunch of painting students--those that are going on in art and the few that want to become art teachers--I like to have them examine the "everyday" and create art from the mundane. It takes people with a unique...
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Car Art. (on the Art Career Track)
Cars used to be thought of as a male thing, a "macho" interest. Today, however, girls are just as interested in owning and caring for a car. Caring often means customizing the car's body with pin stripes, a pet name for the car, or some individualized...
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Cereal Box Totems. (Recycling Renaissance)
Multicultural projects have always been popular in the field of art education. Whenever plausible, it is a good idea to correlate art projects with subjects or themes studied in the classroom. When my fourth-graders began a project about the Northwest...
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Clip & Save. (Art Notes)
Richard Estes grew up near Chicago and attended the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating in 1956. From the very beginning, he was more interested in realistic art than in abstraction, although his special interest in painting urban landscapes developed...
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Commitment and Artistic Expression. (Community Connections)
"When the school introduces and trains each child of society into membership within such a little community, saturating him with the spirit of service, and providing him with the instruments of effective self direction, we shall have the deepest...
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Dramatic Stained Glass
Few art forms display such raw, dramatic beauty as stained-glass windows catching the full light of the sun. The ruby reds, deep sapphire blues and the powerful lines of the leading seem to have an intoxicating allure, forcing a person to stop and...
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Editor's Note
It's time to "kick off" the summer--and this issue is designed to make it happen (with some help from Charlie Chaplin!). We have assembled for you perfect projects for this special time of year. A fun, fantastical way to begin is by sharing with...
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Fundamentalism in Form. (Art across the Curriculum)
If you were trying to tell a story, and really wanted to get across its point, some illustrations might help. It might not be too difficult to draw them with pencil and paper, or even get more elaborate and embellish them with colored paint. But...
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Learning from Exhibitions: Red Grooms: Selections from the Graphic Work. (Cover Story)
Red Grooms truly is a most imaginative artist, technician and observer of life. As a painter, printmaker, sculptor, paper engineer, satirist and social pundit, Grooms combines a variety of talents and characteristics to create art objects quite...
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Photorealism. (Classroom Use)
THINGS TO LEARN * After hundreds of years when artists painted and carved realistic artworks, an artistic revolution occurred about 100 years ago called "Modernism." Art changed to become abstract. Modernist art eventually became divided into...
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Strange Creatures: An Additive Wood Sculpture Project. (Recycling Renaissance)
One of the greatest challenges for elementary art teachers is finding three-dimensional art projects that don't cost a lot. One source for inexpensive materials I have found is the leftover scraps of wood from people I know who enjoy woodworking...
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The Book of Luck. (Recycling Renaissance)
The good fortune of coming upon many free plastic video-cassette containers * was the starting point of our "Book of Luck" project. As my students were currently looking into myth, magic and superstition, the boxes were perfect for us to disguise...
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Volume Index: Vol. 131, February-June 2002
In every January and June/Summer issue, ARTS & ACTIVITIES publishes a Volume Index. The Index lists, by category and author, the articles that ran during a particular five-issue volume. We recommend that you photocopy the Volume Indexes and...
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Wet and Wild. (Clay Corner)
Teaching advanced art to 30 children, ranging in grades K-5, in an art-enrichment setting was a challenging task. We needed a project that involved using advanced techniques, yet would accommodate the less-developed fine motor skills of our younger...
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