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. 95, No. 2, October

Decisions, Decisions
How many times have those of us who are seasoned art teachers presented lessons on still life? Teaching a subject or media the same way year after year can certainly take its toll on a creative person. And what about the students? Instruction is lost...
Inanimate Objects, Active Minds
Art developed from a still life has been viewed for centuries. This is probably because the artist appreciates the opportunity to study objects in a controlled setting without concern for time or movement. The final composition can be left untouched...
Inspired by Mosiacs
The mosaic art of Greek, Roman and Egyptian civilizations was the core of this interdisciplinary unit combining concepts and processes from language arts, history, math and art. The project also involved the business sector in our community. The students...
Magnificent Butterflies
Antique butterfly specimens collected from all over the world were the subject of three lessons for first and second grade students. In the first lesson, the students observed the shapes, patterns and colors of these beautiful, exotic specimens. Then,...
Making Connections
I was sitting in on a meeting the other day and overheard a studio art professor characterize his class of beginning drawing students as being obsessed with objects. "They are quite skilled at rendering objects, but they don't know how to use the shadows...
Matisse through Poetry
Imagine students eagerly writing and discussing poetry in a high school art class. I had been looking for a new way to involve my students in art criticism when I realized we could use creative writing techniques to describe artwork. Embarking on an...
Patterns of Collaboration
A first grade teacher approached me with an interesting request. "Can we think of an art lesson that will reinforce the concept of patterns which the students are studying in math?" The music teacher was asked a similar question. As a result, the classroom...
Rachel Ruysch: Blending Science, Nature and Art
Artists in Holland in the seventeenth century were prolific in the production of flower, still life and genre paintings. The tulip craze" had created within the Dutch a passion for rare, exotic flowers. For those unable to purchase bulbs or flowers,...
Rhythm & Blues
There's a proverb that statcs, "Lonely people build walls instead of bridges." Being a visual arts teacher can be a lonely vocation, and an effort must be made to build bridges across disciplines wherever understanding and cooperation can be fostered....
Stairways to Integrated Learning
Enter the world of endless stairways and you enter the mystical world of Escher. The artwork of Escher is fascinating to study. Students are drawn into his fantasy world where math and science play key roles. The work of one artist became the impetus...
Teaching Emphasis
The fifth grade is a good level to introduce emphasis. Not only is it important to consider emphasis in everything we do as artists but also it is good to be able to look at the art of others and discover the methods leading you to the main object. I...
Who Will Buy My Bubble Gum? First Grade Students Explore Consumerism and Marketing Strategies
Almost every child has seen a gum ball machine at the exit of a supermarket. The location of these machines and the colorful array of gum balls within entices consumers into purchasing them with loose change leftover from shopping. I asked my first...