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. 93, No. 8, April

A 3-D Twist
I have been working at providing my students with a well-rounded view of art. My goal is to have my middle school art curriculum include art history, art criticism and aesthetics, and studio activities. As I was looking through the art prints in...
Enhancing Art Education
Educational decision-makers in the US have generally not paid much attention to arts education. At best, it is found on the fringes of the curriculum. Still, amidst dire warnings, there are glimmers of optimism--a vague feeling that the arts can open...
Inspiration from New Materials
As artists, we are often intimidated by media that seem to have already been used in every conceivable way. Sometimes we get tired of struggling to create something new year after year with the same old supplies. A new material on the market can inspire...
Introduction to Contemporary Art
Teaching about contemporary art has long been a sticking point in middle school art education. There are few art teachers who would deny the value of contemporary art appreciation, but getting past student resistance can be an overwhelming obstacle....
Learning Art History through Interpretation and Investigation
Art history is essential to the learning of art. Many students tend to lose interest in art history due to monotonous lectures in class. There may be a better way to cultivate students' interest in this area. This past semester, I introduced art history...
Made in the USA
Made in the USA is a familiar phrase to our students. My students didn't understand the true implications of the phrase until they created their own products. First, we became involved in a discussion on the economy. We talked about the idea that American...
Not Aztec, Not Mayan, Zapotec Sculpture from Oaxaca
Looking Carefully Standing Figure with Urn is rather striking in its gray earthenware with red pigment and traces of yellowish-white paint. This piece combines the sculptural quality of the figure with the functionality of the urn which is the...
Sacred Stone Carvings
Luckily, there are two of us. Gail and I have shared the job of teaching art at our K-5 elementary school for the past three years. When it comes to coordinating projects, two heads are definitely better than one. Like many art teachers, we are...
Three Musicians Move off Canvas
It all began with a violin. I needed it for a Picasso still life I'd set up in a second-grade art class. Our district's art curriculum utilized a Discipline Based Art Education approach, so many of my ideas for projects involve learning about an artist's...
Using New Resources for Teaching Art History
Many art teachers have been committed to teaching art history as long as they've been in the field. For years, a paucity of resources made that commitment difficult to keep. In the last decade or so, this commitment has received support through state...