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. 103, No. 3, November

A Monoprint for All Seasons
I like to do monoprints with my fourth-grade classes. I find that using one interesting image with several variations brings the best results. For this lesson, the subject is nature and students paint a tree in each of the four seasons. The lesson...
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Prints and Patterns For Teachers Printmaking and its resulting multiple images are fascinating to students of all ages. Even the youngest students can experience simple forms of relief printing, and the other traditional printmaking methods--intaglio,...
Art History Multicultural Showcase: Find the Resources You Need to Introduce Your Students to Art's Colorful History around the World!
Davis Publications The Arts and Cultures Library The Arts & Cultures Library, featuring Latin American Arts & Cultures African Arts & Cultures and Native American Arts & Cultures provides a thematic exploration of the arts from...
Artists Speak: Collier Schorr
Collier Schorr is a photographer. Exploring gender, identity, war, history, and nationality, Schorr's photographs often blur the lines between fiction and reality, Following certain themes, Schorr has recently concentrated on the dynamics of high school...
Collagraph: Prints without a Press
Art teachers tend to shy away from complex printmaking projects due to the materials involved and lack of a press. This simplified printmaking technique is created by gluing layers of tag board onto a cardboard base, rolling ink over the surface, and...
Comparing Sources of Content in Children's Art
Influenced by Herbert Read's 1943 classic, Education Through Art, I have developed my own art programs in keeping with his personal dictum, " I shall proceed to an examination of the basic mental processes involved in art and education alike--perception...
Creative Cut-Ups
Freehand scissor cutting is a marvelous exercise for the mind, memory, and the dexterity of your hands. Teachers and students alike can enjoy this exercise. Materials contrasting colors of paper, regular household scissors, embroidery scissors,...
Indian Vase and Lid, Worcester Royal Porcelain Company Limited
About the Artist Porcelain is a hard, white, translucent ceramic which is made by firing a pure clay and then glazing it with variously colored fusible materials. Before the eighteenth century, it was only made in the Far East. European potters...
Lifting the Veil: Art in the Middle East
A major goal in my teaching is for students to embrace the art of other cultures. To heighten cultural awareness and tolerance for misunderstood cultures in the aftermath of 9/11, I planned an art problem for my ninth- and tenth-grade art class, placing...
Pop-Out Prints: Middle School
Significant Problem Students stretch their imaginations to look beyond the obvious in printmaking. This lesson followed a lesson on linoleum block prints. Essential Concepts 1. Creating a three-dimensional image from a two-dimensional print....
Printmaker's Pride
The printmaking process renders unique qualities of texture. The process inherently helps students think about their composition through careful color choice. When I decided to do printmaking with my third-grade students, I wanted to incorporate...
Prints and Patterns
There might have been a bewildered look on my face when I picked up my granddaughter to take her to nursery school. The four year old who greeted me at the door was wearing striped socks, plaid pants, a polka dot blouse, and a flowered cap. "It's...
Prints and Patterns: Chilkat Blanket
Chilkat Ceremonial Dance Blanket. Alaska (Tlingit), mid to late-nineteenth century. Mountain goat wool, cedar bark fiber, otter fur, dyes, 64 x 48" (163 x 122 cm) Gift of Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Seely, 1888.282. About the Art A symbol of great prestige...
Prints and Patterns: Shaped Carpet
Shaped Carpet, India (probably Lahore) Mughal, ca. 1640-1650. Wool pile on cotton foundation, 176 x 101 (447 x 256 cm). Gift of Mrs. Aubrey Emery, 1952.201. About the Art This carpet, with its brightly colored flowers arranged on a cherry red...
School's Out!
Also True for Visual Art "I believe that literature does have a fundamental truth to teach in regard to change: change always arises out of the unexpected. It may be the unexpectedness of self knowledge through overhearing yourself or it may be...
Spectacular Snow Globes: Elementary School
Significant Problem In this project, students imagine themselves inside a snow globe. Students imagine what they would see within their globe. What would they be doing inside this snowy world? Essential Concepts 1. Drawing figures in proportion....
Squaring off with Mondrian
Nine years ago I moved from one state to another and changed grade levels. On returning to the elementary level, my biggest concern was the lack of curriculum for kindergarten. My challenge was to re-learn what a kindergartner could understand and...
Using Technology Artfully
The purpose of this article is to discuss applications that preservice teachers used with middle-school students in a field experience connected with Instructional Theory into Practice, a sophomore level teacher education course. Website addresses...
Wallpaper: Not the Wallflower of the Arts
Wallpaper is a construct of our social and everyday environment. Paying attention to artistic elements of interior decoration, such as wallpaper, broadens the definition of art in many students' minds and increases their sensitivity to commercially...
War Posters
In art class, we are constantly asking students to express themselves in a personal way. As art teachers, we strive to make each lesson meaningful and relevant to students. With the media attention given to the war in Iraq, we decided to create a lesson...