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. 106, No. 4, December

9 Things I Wish I Had Known: When I Started Teaching Elementary Art
1. How to control the mess that quickly accumulates in the artroom. Leave enough time in each class period to have an effective clean up with students' help. Kids are great helpers and love to wash desks, put supplies away, and help carry paintings...
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Harmonious from Realism to Abstraction
I am continually trying to come up with interesting ways for beginning art students to put color theory into practice. This project integrated new learning about color schemes with previously learned concepts such as observational contour drawing and...
Ida Applebroog
"Yes--my work is not about beauty, and I know it does not hang over a couch very well, matching the burgundy colors on the pillows. It's not work one hangs over a couch in that way. But I make the work, and I make it because for me it's necessary....
Imprinted Clay Coil Vessels
In a building of approximately 600 students, storage of ceramic works of art has always been a challenge. I teach clay vessel construction in the fifth grade, and it is amazing what can be accomplished in one forty-five minute period when the expectations...
In the Chicken Coop
At the Michigan Art Educators Association State Conference's "Kids and Clay" show, I really liked a lesson I learned from teacher a fellow teacher, Christine Obeid. Back at my school, I used it to great success with my kindergartners. In the lesson,...
Is There a Scribble Stage for Sculpture?
It has been more than fifty years since Victor Lowenfeld described a universal developmental sequence common in children's drawings. Known as the Stages of Artistic Development, Lowenfeld stated that, just as babies progress from scooting to crawling...
Open Your Classroom to the World
One of the most exciting and powerful ways to use the Internet in your classroom is to participate in a student art exchange or collaborative art project with a school in another country. Such exchanges typically require students in each location to...
Organic Clay Cities
At the NAEA conference in Minneapolis, Carpenter and Sessions asked, "What are we teaching, especially about ceramics?" Art educators are often criticized for leaving out historical context when teaching studio art. I would like to offer guidelines,...
Piet Mondrian: Tableau with Large Red Plane, Blue, Black, Light Green and Greyish Blue, 1921
About the Artist Piet Mondrian pioneered an abstract art of distilled structure based on ideas of harmonic perfection. Mondrian grew up in a small town in the Netherlands, the son of a school teacher. His development as an artist was a long search....
Stack'em High
The random items on each table quickly prompted the question "What's this for?" Typical of middle school behavior, my eighth-grade students didn't even wait for the answer before they began to touch the plastic cups, scrap cardboard, colored wooden...
Starting with a Grid: Self-Portraits
Each school year, my intermediate art students look forward to this unique self-portrait assignment. Chuck Close's photorealistic portraits are the inspiration for this assignment. The lesson incorporates technology using digital cameras and an image-manipulation...
Structure
As a self-professed obsessive-compulsive, I'm a great believer in structure. Yet I think of the approach I take to teaching as "freedom within structure"--setting up an art problem and then encouraging multiple creative solutions. As art teachers,...
Three-Dimensional Photo Structures
People influence our lives in many ways. Through my desire to encourage high school students to reflect on the influential people in their lives, I developed this three-dimensional project in which they create a celebratory three-dimensional structure...
Wood Sculpture Characters
Whenever possible, I try to incorporate the work of artists who are included in the collection of nearby museums. Our school is close to the Dallas area and visiting the Dallas Museum of Art is in the realm of possibility. The DMA has a sculpture in...