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. 102, No. 4, December

Art Cow Auction
If you need a fundraiser that excites students, parents, faculty, and administrators, and places your art program in a prominent light, it would "behoove" you to organize an art cow fundraising fest. While pondering ideas for a major art project...
Art Teacher Barbie & Kelly: Some Observations. (outside the Box: Point of View)
Ruth Handler's Barbie[R] doll debuted in 1959 and is now claimed to be the number-one toy of girls around the world. As such, we art educators might want to pay attention when Mattel releases its newest entry in the I CAN BE Career Series: Art Teacher[TM]...
Creating Form: We Are All Surrounded by Three-Dimensional Objects Serving Many Purposes in Our Lives. Some Artists Create Forms to Express Creativity and Enhance Our World. Let's Try to Find Some of These Artworks on the Internet. (Cyber Search)
1. How long ago do you think people began creating ceramic pottery? www.yasou.org/ancient/pottery.htm www.getty.edu/art/collections/collection_types/c 30.html www.civilization.ca/civil/maya/mmj01eng.html www.bauerart.com/Mayan.html mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/specex/witwine/...
Cut, Curl, Create
To introduce a three-dimensional unit to my high school students, I asked them what media could be used to create a sculpture. At first, the students responded with the typical answers of clay, wood, plaster, and metal. After one student jokingly...
Cyrus Edwin Dallin, Don Quixote De la Mancha: Knight of the Windmill, 1898. (Expressive Form: Narrative Sculpture)
Unique bronze cast, 58 x 19 x 34" (47 x 48 x 36 cm). Courtesy of Springville Museum of Art. About the Art Cyrus Dallin had worked as a sculptor for many years when he decided to return to Paris and bring his work up to the technical standards...
Discovering the Essence of Art ... a Matter of Aesthetics
Aesthetics is part of my visual arts curriculum. To address the question, "What is art?" a double-period class focused totally on the aesthetic experience. For this lesson, I asked myself, "Why not turn a lesson on aesthetics into an experimental...
Encouraging Friendship through Art
A number of cities in the United States and abroad have used citywide displays of objects and animals to raise funds and to provide public appreciation for local artists. Here in New Orleans, the subject matter was fish, and the Festival of Fins,...
Gargoyle Reflections
Expressive Portraits My sixth grade classes learned about face proportions by studying Leonardo da Vinci and his drawing of an ideal face. My students folded 9 x 12" (23 x 31 cm) white drawing paper in half lengthwise to show a line of symmetry....
Great Gargoyles: Elementary. (Clip Card)
Significant Problem One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as an art educator is to come up with ideas for lessons that will trigger excitement and imagination in my students as well as boost their self-esteem Essential Concepts 1. Learning...
Ideas about Curriculum. (Moving Forward)
Many art teachers, at some point in their career, feel the need to justify the presence of an art program in the curriculum. The reasons for this can vary. A teacher may feel threatened by impending cutbacks, may find the art program under close...
Ideas about Time
Time has an elusive quality. Sometimes we perceive time to move far too slowly; other times it moves exceedingly fast. As human beings, we all experience time in a variety of ways. This idea prompted me to investigate how high school students might...
Ideas Take Form Online. (ArtEd Online)
How can you use Internet resources to encourage your students' ideas to take form and develop from motivation through conception to execution? It is my belief that students need experience with as much visual imagery as possible to understand that...
Imaginations Take Flight: Elementary. (Clip Card)
Significant Problem Our community has an annual summer hot air balloon fest. To recall and celebrate this local tradition, students are challenged to recreate their own miniature versions of hot air balloons. Essential Concepts 1. Learning...
Improving the Teaching of Art
Several art educators and advocates of art education across the United States welcomed the recent federal government's declaration of art as a core curriculum subject with a feeling of vindication; that is, vindication from past criticism of art...
Let's Discuss It ... in One Hundred Words or Less!
The purpose of this column is to initiate dialogs among our readers, and to help teachers find answers to their questions. We invite you to respond via email directly to the teacher and to cc the Editor of SchoolArts at ekatter@tdprolog.net. We'll...
Mademoiselle Pogany II: Carefully Read the Passage below. If There Are Words That You Do Not Understand, Look Them Up in the Dictionary. (Read! Look! Learn!)
Constantin Brancusi was born in 1876 in Romania. As a child, Brancusi spent most of his time outdoors, surrounded by nature. He began to study art and excelled at woodworking and sculpture. In 1904, Brancusi decided to leave Romania to study art...
Mahonri Mackintosh Young, Da Winnah!, C. 1928. (Expressive Form: Narrative Sculpture)
Unique bronze cast, 34 5/8 x 32 1/2 x 18 3/8" (38 x 82 x 47 cm). Courtesy of Springville Museum of Art. About the Art As a sculptor, Mahonri Young was interested in capturing the strengths and weaknesses of the human figure. He is known for...
Packing It in. (Editor's Comments)
I'd like to have a dollar for every time I packed and unpacked a suitcase since I left home at seventeen. I'd be living comfortably in my retirement. Sometimes, packing a carry-on for an overnight stay can involve more critical decisions than making...
Spoonbridge and Cherry: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. (Looking & Learning)
About the Art A highlight of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the monumental fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It weighs 7,000 pounds. The spoon is 52 feet long and 29 feet high, and the cherry...
Sticking to It
At the beginning of the school year, I like to focus on introductory, team-oriented problems that give me a chance to interact with my students. This year, I introduced installation art. I showed students prints of different examples of installation...
Temima Gezari: Seventy Years in Art Education. (Teacher Talk)
At ninety-seven years of age, when most have retired thirty years before, Temima Gezari, art educator, artist, author, a writer for SchoolArts, and an art advocate, continues to embark on new endeavors. In 2001, she completed her latest publication,...