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. 3, November

An Eggcellent Art History Assessment: I Have Found That Giving Unusual Homework Assignments Sparks the Interest of Parents and Opens Avenues of Communication between Older Students and Their Parents
The "EGGcellent Art History Lesson" motivated my students to learn about many different art history periods and styles. This assignment was given to my high school students as the project portion of their midterm exam. Each student had to choose an...
Art Boxes
A casual discussion was the impetus for a new drawing program I initiated at our school. The librarian mentioned that the "how to draw" books were among the most circulated books in our school library. As the art teacher, this pleased me, but also...
ArtEd Online
Honoring Cultural Beliefs Have you ever wondered if beliefs and attitudes about learning and teaching may differ between cultures around the world? For example, most Native American cultures hold the belief that knowledge must be earned rather than...
Auction Today: Elementary. (Clip Card)
Years ago, I worked at a gallery where fine art was frequently auctioned. Now that I am an art teacher, I enjoy recreating the auction experience for my students. Postcard books of famous paintings are a good way to acquire a lot of small prints...
A Year in Review: Elementary. (Clip Card)
This art appreciation activity was a meaningful way to help students make connections and review learning experiences at the end of the year. For the year's last second grade art lesson, I assembled fifteen slides of paintings, weaving, sculpture,...
Fine Art to Gogh
Art teachers are extremely resourceful people. The nature of our profession often requires us to stretch a budget dollar like a magician. Faced with the reality of a limited budget, I discovered that spackle is a very creative and inexpensive artistic...
Folk Art for Little Folk
Grandma Moses (Anna Mary Robertson) was born in 1860 and died in 1961. She had 101 years of life to express in her paintings. She lived to see the invention of electricity, telephones, automobiles, airplanes, running water, and worldwide communication....
French Period Chairs
The inspiration for this fifth-grade lesson came from my background in interior design. I worked as an interior designer for seven years before returning to the classroom. As an interior designer, I have always been intrigued with French period furniture,...
Global Pursuit of Visual Culture. (Editor's Comments)
September 11, 2001--I would like to express, on behalf of SchoolArts and the staff and managers of Davis Publications, our deep sense of sorrow about the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We extend our sympathy to all those who have suffered the...
Matisse Mania Madness
The cutouts of Henri Matisse are an art teacher's dream. They are simple and nonthreatening to those who proclaim they "can't" draw. They are colorful and rhythmic. They are design, composition, and shapes. They present positive and negative. Most...
Not Your Typical Final Exam
At the end of the year, teachers of every subject prepare to give their students some kind of final exam. Although I do give a written exam, I wanted to have also a final project for my Art 2 class that demonstrated their knowledge of the concepts...
Pedro deLemos: Progress and Restraint. (A Look at the Past)
"A woman who decorates the living room in a pleasing way is more of an artist than many who stir paint on a palette." SchoolArts readers may be surprised that some of their favorite artists and ideas have a long history in art education. Between...
Questions Remaining Unanswered. (Portfolio Page)
Wen I draw, I begin with a line. Shapes and colours grow from that line, and an image emerges. I use watercolour, inks, acrylic paint, photographs, and collage to create my artworks. Once the image forms, only then do I begin to understand the meaning...
Relating Art History to What Children Know: Teachers Need to Provide a Natural Atmosphere in Which This Active, Constructive Learning Can Continue. Children Play an Active Role in the Learning Process When Instruction Builds upon, Correlates, and Extends Information. (outside the Box: Point of View)
Elementary and art education classroom teachers approach teaching art history with many different styles and methods. The approach I am introducing is based on a philosophy of how children learn and how new information should be meaningful and relate...
Repousse Foil Cartouche: High School. (Clip Card)
Our grade-ten curriculum includes a study of the art of ancient civilizations, including Egypt. A hands-on project linking students to that study seemed an appropriate way to close the unit. A cartouche is the conventional way in which ancient Egyptian...
Spirituality: John Feodorov. (Gallery Card)
Man, Fish, and Club, John Feodorov, 2000. Oil on canvas, 50 x 46" (127 x 117 cm). Collection of Paul Stewart and Petra Schmisckie. Courtesy the artist. Photo by the artist. Office Myth, John Feodorov, 1995. Oil on canvas with fluorescent light,...
Spirituality: Shahzia Sikander. (Gallery Card)
Hood's Red Rider #2, Shahzia Sikander, 1997. Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, and tea on hand-prepared Wasli paper, 10 1/8 x 7 1/8" (26 x 18 cm). Courtesy Deitch Projects, New York. Photo by Tom Powel. Uprooted Order #1, Shahzia Sikander,...
Teaching Sensitive Cultural Traditions
Are there any artworks, artists, or cultural traditions that you would like to include in your curriculum but have not because of trepidations about sensitive subjects? Can you think of any examples? Kachina dolls and totem poles most likely come to...
Teaching to Standards: Apache Children Respond to Keith Haring's Art: "Looks like a Smiling Dragon; a Dancer in the Middle of a Fire; No, It's a Sacred Ceremony; a Monster Eating a Person; a Human Spider; a Scared Man with No Legs, and a Man Escaping from the Square."
Apache children were responding to reproductions of Keith Haring's paintings. Haring's work is simple yet provocative for children, so he seemed an appropriate artist to study in our summer school computer art program. We had three major goals related...
T.K.O., Pepon Osorio. (Looking & Learning)
There are many different skills attributed to artists. Perhaps the most valuable is the ability to give symbolic meaning to inert objects. Traditional artists accomplished this through representation and use of narrative; however, Pepon Osorio demonstrates...
Van Gogh for the Visually Impaired
With no background or training in visual impairment, I was challenged when I learned that a visually impaired student would be mainstreamed into my regular art education class. In her previous school, she had been separated from her classmates and...