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. 3, November

Art for the Sky
A series of giant "sky salmon," recently formed by children on the fields of several elementary schools in Oregon and Washington, have a lineage that can be traced back at least a thousand years. On the parched desert plains of Peru and California,...
Art History Multicultural Showcase: Find the Resources You Need to Introduce Your Students to Art's Colorful History around the World!
Kits Publishing Kits Publishing offers a wonderful series of eight books which are suited for multicultural programs. Each book, 90 pages, 9 x 12" in size, is in full color. The eight books in the series are, Hands-on Africa, Hands-on Alaska,...
Collaboration in Shoreline
About a year ago, the Puget Sound Chinook salmon was listed as a threatened species. In the Seattle area, salmon inhabit many streams that run through our neighborhoods. Salmon are an icon in the Northwest that we cherish. The thought of wild salmon...
Constructing Knowledge in Art: Part III: Putting Constructive Thinkers at Risk
The federal government is trying to fix what it views as a failing public school system by applying uniform standards for achievement. The government is mandating standardized tests that require a more regimented approach for schools to achieve...
Evocations of the Ancestors. (Looking & Learning)
Key Ideas This hand drum with a crocodile-shaped handle was used in important ceremonies by the Iatmul (yaht-mool) people of the Middle Sepik River region in Papua, New Guinea. The symbolism Of the crocodile is rooted in Iatmul mythology, which...
Fall into Symmetry
When our elementary school considered creating a website, we envisioned it to be more of a teaching tool than an informational site. With that in mind, the idea for the "Art Room" was designed to address the elements of art by providing visitors...
Interpreting Landscapes through Collage
In introducing the term landscape to elementary children, I found it most successful to, introduce the terms realistic and abstract at the same time. After discussing all three terms and comparing examples of realistic and abstract landscapes, I...
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 e-mail directly to the teacher and to cc the Editor of SchoolArts: ekatter@ptdprolog.net. We'll...
Living with Nature Is a Human Experience. (Editor's Comments)
We all are connected to the ecology of the planet. Around the world, people serve, and are served by, nature. Across time, people have sought to understand and control the natural forces that affect their lives. Through our actions, we demonstrate...
Middle School: Teaching in Prime Time. (Teacher Talk)
SA: Increasingly we hear about cutbacks in middle school art programs. Why do you think it's important for middle school students to study art? AS: Visual art is a major part of one's life. It is a communication skill that requires a great deal...
Nature: Animal Life. (GalleryCard)
James C. Christensen, The Rhinoceros, 1981. Acrylic on board, 14 3/42 x 11 3/42" (36 x 28 cm). Courtesy of the Springville Museum of Art. About the Art In his painting, The Rhinoceros, James Christensen has reinterpreted a sixteenth-century...
Nature as Inspiration! (Cyber Search)
We are all connected to the ecology of the planet. The natural environment in which they live inspires some artists. Let's try to artworks by some of these artists on the Internet and see what can be learned from them. 1. How do artists see the...
Nature: Landscape. (GalleryCard)
Florence Ellen Ware, Nature's Embroidery, 1945. Oil on board, 30 x 24" (76 x 61 cm), Courtesy of Springville Museum of Art. About the Art Florence Ware's painting, Nature's Embroidery, depicts Queen Anne's Lace growing among aspen trunks with...
Nature Vases
Taking inspiration from nature and the history of ceramics, eighth grade ceramic students created slab stoneware vases. Plants, leaves, and flowers provided the design motifs. TYhe assignment started with a brief historical slide overview of celadon...
Rain Forest Mural
Our school recently completed a building renovation. The showpiece of our new school isle Media Center, which features a large carpeted reading area for student use. The librarian, the principal, and I decided that this would be the perfect place...
Rain Forest Quilts
Imagine a place where everything seems to grow out of control. Close your eyes and try to picture a bat with a 5-foot wingspan, a butterfly the size of your head, or a rose with a 145-foot trunk. Bold colors, unusual sounds, magnificent lush plants,...
Rainstick Rhythm: Elementary
Significant Problem The importance of rain and the water cycle is a part of the first grade curriculum. Appreciating the traditions of other cultures is a part of all school programs. Three-dimensional construction is a component of the art curriculum....
Reflections on Inherent Values: The DBAE Literature Project-Part Two. (Moving Forward)
The literature of discipline-based art education raises a number of critical issues that any philosophy of art education must seriously address, not the least of which is the challenge of new ideologies. The Getty initiative appeared in the early...
Swamp Paintings: Elementary
Significant Problem Texas artist, David Bates, paints the people, plants, and wildlife of the swamps of Texas and Arkansas. His work depicts an ecosystem and geographical area. His use of bold outlines, angular forms, and expressive brushwork...
The Lore of the Elephant
"Cultures are maps of meaning through which the world is made intelligible." -- Peter Jackson, Geographer The elephant has found its special place in many of the world's cultures. It is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent animals...
The Ripples Project. (New Technologies)
A pebble is tossed into a quiet pond and ever-expanding ripples result. When Lessenger Elementary School received a Palm[TM] Education Pioneer grant to use palm pilots as sketchbooks, a rippling effect took place throughout the school. Other curriculum...
Tomb Figure of a Horse. (Read! Look! Learn!)
Carefully read the passage below. If there are words that you do not understand, look them up in the dictionary. This sculpture of a horse was created over one thousand years ago in China. It was made during the Tang dynasty, a very powerful dynasty...