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. 101, No. 8, April

2002 NAEA Booth Listings
Booth Company 631, 633 ACTIVA Products 518 Alarion Press 326 Ambrose Video Pub. 300, 302 American Art Clay Co. 304 American Art Clay Co. 528 Armada Art, Inc. 511, 513 Art Image Publications 526 Art Institute of Boston 207...
And the Beat Goes On
I teach creative craft and art courses in a junior high school with multigrade level art classes. Three years ago, I started teaching the art of drum making to my creative crafts students. It has become a signature project and very popular for the...
Architect's Valet, Alphonse Mattia. (Looking & Learning)
Alphonse Mattia was born in 1947. He received a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) in 1969 and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1973. From the time he left art school, Mattia has had a distinguished career as a furniture...
Art Cars
One of the most modern folk art forms is the creation of an art car. Painted and decorated vehicles, such as the ox carts in Costa Rica and buses in Panama, have been used throughout time and across cultures. The one element that transcends the ages...
Artful Collaborations: A Guest Editorial
Editor's Note: In this guest editorial, Renee Sandell and Barry Schauck describe how they "began to explore the connections made between artist and art teacher for the benefit of students." See the exciting results of their explorations in the special...
Artful Collaborations. (Special Pullout Section)
Daniel Somoza, Jr. Grade 7, Murray Hill Middle School, The Howard County Public School System As a student in the seventh grade, Daniel Samoza, Jr., worked with Mrs. Mellendick to fashion an homage to his father Daniel Samoza, Sr. Daniel explained...
Creating Transformations
As an elementary art instructor, I believe that creativity is one of the most important reasons for teaching art in the schools. Although, in the past, I often felt that I was not doing as much as I could to bring the creativity out in my students....
Display It!
For most teachers the bulletin board is big, blank, and time consuming. But for the art teacher it is the best way to display the students' new creative masterpieces--or is it? As the new school year approaches, every teacher begins revamping lesson...
Dolls with Personality
Each year my students in grades nine, ten, and eleven have an incredible amount of fun creating funky dolls using nylon stockings, fabric sample books from an upholstery shop, and recycled students' old favorite clothes. Even the boy who swears he...
Foam Core Vehicles
Decision Making and Problem Solving Would you like to involve those students who think they can't draw or paint and have them create something that they truly love? My students helped me to develop this construction component of my curriculum that...
Identity: Bruce Nauman. (GalleryCard)
Bruce Nauman, Stadium Piece, 1998-1999. Concrete, 13'4" x 25' x 50'1" (4 x 7.6 x 15.3 m). Gift of Virginia Wright Fund, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA. Photo by Rod del Pozo. About the Art Stadium Piece is a series of poured concrete...
Identity: Maya Lin. (GalleryCard)
Maya Lin, Avalanche, (to the back far right), 1997. Tempered glass, 10 x 19 x 21" (25 x 48 x 53 cm). From the "Topologies" Exhibit. Courtesy the Gagosian Gallery, New York, and South Eastern Center for Contemporary Art. Photo by Jackson Smith. Maya...
Kitchen Utensil Design: Students Will Understand How a Simple Kitchen Utensil or Object Can Be Used to Create a Repetitive Visual Pattern
Materials * Sketchbook, 11 x 14" (28 x 36 cm) minimum * Pencil, felt-tip markers * 4 x 6" (10 x 15 cm) oak tag for stencil * X-acto knives/scissors * 18 x 24" (46 x 61 cm) newsprint and white vellum Pre-Activity Students are to...
Meaningful, Wearable Art
As visual art teachers, we are always looking for ways to motivate our students to create meaningful art. We decided to collaborate on a project that would involve high school students working with junior high students. The collaboration was extended...
Mexican Pinatas
Each year I celebrate the art of Mexico with a fifth grade unit on the country and its visual arts. One of the lessons in the unit is the making of pinatas. To introduce this lesson, we read The Pinata Maker by George Ancona. The book's photographs...
Playful Placemats: Elementary. (Clipcard)
In this interdisciplinary lesson, first graders turned paper weavings into placemats that could be used as a reference for properly setting a table. I began with a demonstration of the simple over, under, over, under mechanics of weaving with paper...
Pop Art Revisited: High School. (Clipcard)
For this computer art project, students designed a soup can label to make a "21st" statement based on a Pop Art style. Students could state their views on a current social/political topic, incorporate personal interests, develop a package design for...
Presenting Shoes on Parade
After constantly hearing about the Chicago Cows on Parade, it was a thrill to go downtown and stroll along Michigan Avenue to observe them firsthand. I decided to create an activity in which my fifth-grade students could feel the excitement of being...
Promoting a Research Agenda. (Teacher Talk)
Marianna Adams, Ed.D. Senior Associate Institute for Learning Innovation Annapolis, Maryland Award: National Art Education Association Museum Educator of the Year 2001 SA: What exactly is the Institute for Learning Innovation and what type...
Reflections on a Career Highlight Kent Anderson: Editor 1990-1994. (A Look at the Past)
It's not an easy task to objectively describe and discuss one's own tenure in any position from beginning teacher to whatever may come later. In any long career, an individual is likely to have fulfilled many roles. When Wyatt Wade approached and asked...
School Art Is Education. (Voices from the Past, June 1940)
What is my impression of the most needed or important phase in today's School Art Education? * The realization, on the part of the teacher, that School Art is Education, that it is a thought subject. * The "drawing teacher," so-called in the...
Surrealism, One Page at a Time: How Do You Learn about an Important Movement in Art History, Break Away from the Two-Dimensional Format That Students Often Get Too Much of, Combine Elements of Fine Art and Craft, and End Up with a Very Special Object That Students Can Hold in Their Hands and Show Proudly to Their Friends? My Eighth Graders Did It by Creating One-of-a-Kind Accordion-Fold Books, Using Surrealism as Their Jumping-Off Point
As I designed this project I worried that it would be too complicated and too logistically challenging. When I broke it down into three separate components, I realized that it was not only do-able, but would give the students a rich and well-balanced...
The Main Frame
Most practicing artists consider their work complete when the public has a chance to view it on exhibition. Passing this tradition on to children can further their understanding of the role of an artist in our society. Exhibiting children's artwork...