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. 99, No. 3, November

An Introduction to Cubism
As an introduction to Cubism for fourth grade (or any intermediate grade), I explain how the Cubists attempted to reduce natural forms to geometric forms, an idea started by Cezanne, but taken to the extreme by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. My...
Archaeology & Clay: Pottery Provides Clues
When people abandon a place where they live, work, worship, or play, they usually leave objects behind. Through the discovery and study of tools, household items, religious objects, toys, even garbage, archaeologists piece together clues that help...
Art History Can Be Fun!
There is little argument that the study of art history is an essential component of discipline-based art education. As art teachers, how can we make art history more enticing and relevant for our students? This question inspired the following unit....
Art History with Hand Puppets
If you were a child, wouldn't you rather talk with an artist about his or her paintings than talk with your teacher? I guess you would, and so would my art students, from kindergarten through grade four. My own special interest is in art history...
Bringing Russian Art to Life
Faberge eggs are a beautiful symbol of Russian history and culture. When the Birch Wathen Lenox School decided to study Russia, the entire K-12 student body created elaborately jeweled Faberge eggs--some as large as three-feet tall that depicted three-dimensional...
Celebrating Art History
Celebration of achievement has always been a priority in my classroom. After many successful semesters with my art students, the idea of celebrating became the beginning of a classroom tradition in my advanced classes. In the first year of our tradition,...
From Starry Night to Star Quality
Elementary Art history lessons linked with studio production are an important part of my art program. At the elementary level, I find it beneficial to familiarize students with some of the most famous pieces done by master artists so that they have...
Historic Town Buildings
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Adams Town Library, sixth grade students at Adams Memorial Middle School created dioramas of eighteen important historic town buildings Most students created their own model for a separate town building during...
Items of Interest
Crystal Productions is pleased to announce the release of two new videotapes--Acrylic as Water Media and Acrylic Techniques--produced with popular artist Stephen Quiller. In his video, Quiller shares his introduction to acrylic painting from materials...
James Rosenquist Master Pieces
James Rosenquist's childhood interests were airplanes, cars, and drawing. He drew on rolls of wallpaper, continuously drawing and unrolling the paper. In an eighth grade art class he realized he had artistic talent; one of his paintings won him a series...
Medieval Stick Figures
Middle School In many schools, part of the art curriculum involves integration among classroom studies. The Medieval period is a favorite for creative projects. The following lesson yields successful results while using low cost materials. To...
Miniature Painting Jain Style
Looking for a project that would be an appropriate transitional experience from drawing into painting for my high school general art class, I chose the colorful Indian miniature "Jain" styled paintings that were influenced by the Persians in the early...
Mochica Portrait Pots from Peru
Clay! It's the medium of choice for all middle school students. My eighth grade ceramics students are always enthusiastic about the projects they create. One especially fun project is created with simple pinch pot construction. I developed this...
Multi Cultural Showcase
Alarion HISTORY thru ART & ARCHITECTURE Our multicultural (interdisciplinary) programs are exciting for all levels, High School, Middle and Elementary. (High interest/easy vocabulary) Students will experience ancient cultures through their...
Slides from Drawings
Handmade slides have two terrific advantages: first they are inexpensive to make and most of the materials are easy to find; and second they can be a wonderful art experience--your students` work will look amazing! Slide-making has a lot of benefits....
Student Art: Tired or Inspired?
Editor's Note: This new column gives readers a chance to express their opinions on different topics within the art education field. If you would like to respond please e-mail jdevore@davis-art.com. Letters and responses may be edited. Some time...
Tall Ships A Page out of History
The age of the clipper has been called the most remarkable ten years of sail in the history of the world. From earliest Colonial times shipbuilding was an important occupation on the Atlantic Seaboard. The clipper was the result of American design...
The Hands Have It
An introductory two-dimensional course is often the only art class a student will take in high school. I try to make this course as all-encompassing as possible, giving students experiences in art history, production, criticism, and aesthetics. Making...
Triptychs with Style
Elementary I begin this lesson by discussing realistic, abstract, and non-objective art, as well as triptychs. Students choose one subject that will be depicted in each of these three styles. Students draw the subject realistically with an appropriate...
Verso
The world's thinnest office building, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is only six feet wide. Hefty Nails Would you believe that one of the Statue of Liberty's fingernails weights one hundred pounds? Time to Redecorate the Artroom...
Walking in Shoes of Clay
A History of Sculpture Working with clay has always been a part of the curriculum in the three-dimensional design class for eleventh and twelfth graders. Since many of the students have only had an introductory course in studio art or two-dimensional...