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. 96, No. 4, December

Artists at Work
I am an art teacher of over twenty-five years, yet I still search for new ways for students to express themselves in three dimensions. When my eighth grade students needed to learn art history and become familiar with sculptures of the human figure,...
Buy Me! Buy Me! A Creative Look at Advertising
We live in a highly commercial society filled with an endless variety of products. I asked my high school students the following questions: What makes any product desirable or visually attractive? What is there about the quality of the product that...
Careers in Art from A to Z
A poster titled "What Is the Work of Art" lists careers in the field of art alphabetically from A-Z. There are over 160 possible choices . . . and choices are just what children need. For our annual spring art show, I decided to have each child pick...
Diego Rivera and Tina Modotti: Political Allies and Creative Collaborators
This portrait of Italian photographer Tina Modotti was made by Mexican artist Diego Rivera in 1926. It is signed Para Tina Modotti, or "For Tina Modotti" in the lower left corner. About the Artwork In this portrait, made with black chalk on...
Fighting Censorship in the Art Classroom
This is the third in a series of articles examining issues surrounding the censorship and suppression of learning and expression in the art classroom. The first article (January 1996) discussed examples of censorship reported and documented in annual...
Handout: An Interview with Illustrator Lindy Burnett
Q: When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? A: It was when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Davis, noticed my drawings and encouraged me by giving me one of the classroom bulletin boards to decorate each month. My classmates thought of me as an...
Let's Party with the Artists
The middle school is the last place where many people will study art. It's a crucial last chance to fill students with a love and knowledge of art. I discovered an interdisciplinary project that served as a culminating experience for the middle school...
On Teaching Kids Comics
The comic medium should be taken seriously as a communications skill. Through comics, children get a chance to tell their own tales with words and pictures in a medium that they already feel comfortable with and are already familiar with. Storytelling...
Performance Art Criticism
Art criticism has been defined as "talking and writing" about art. While learning how to talk and write about art are the standard components of a successful art criticism program, I suggest that there are performance activities through which works...
Shape the Possibilities
Shapes are an important part of the kindergarten and prefirst grade curricula. As an element of design, shape is a significant part of the art curriculum as well. Because it is important for young students to make connections in their world, bringing...
Studio 207: My Special Place
Journal Entry: Friday, Januaryy 26, 1996 It was a dreary Friday morning, the last work day of an exhausting, rainy, fog-filled week. I had just refilled four sets of tempera paints, eight colors per set, for the third time in as many hours. As I wondered...
The Meaningful Work of Art Workers: Just What Is It That You Do?
You know your age is showing when people at the national convention begin the annual conversation with, "So, what are you going to do when you retire?" A few years earlier, the ice breaker was along the lines of, "Are you still working at Kutztown?"...