Arts & Activities

An elementary and high school art education magazine providing a professional forum for experiences, opinions, and new ideas for art educators. Includes strategies for art instruction, approaches to art history, techniques for student art evaluation, and

Articles from Vol. 130, No. 2, October

Art Supply Inventors
Infants buckled into shopping-cart seats anxiously reach out to try to touch objects of their desire. They dream of the day when they can freely roam store aisles with their own separate shopping basket. A child and parent often have different goals...
Clip & Save
Max Weber (Russian-born American, 1881-1961) Rush Hour, New York, 1915. Oil on canvas; 36 1/4" x 30 1/4". the artist Max Weber (1881-1961) was born in Bialystock, Russia, and came to live in Brooklyn, N.Y., when he was 11 years old. His parents...
Cubism
THINGS TO LEARN * A distinctly new kind of art first appeared in 1907. It was called "Cubism." It began in Paris, France, with a Frenchman, Georges Braque, and a Spaniard, Pablo Picasso. The goal of Cubist artists was an improved kind of realism...
Editor's Note
Hey, let's throw a paper party! You provide the kids, the supplies and the place--and we'll provide the projects. To get things rolling, allow your students to tap into their innermost feelings with our Cover Story, "Levels of Emotion" (page 26). Colorful,...
GOLDFISH BOWLS: Inspired by Matisse
My elementary students always enjoy seeing the works of Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954). They particularly like his Fauve period with bright colors used in bold ways. I explain to them that late in his life, when he could no longer paint, he made...
HEROES Paper People Worthy of Admiration
We begin this project by defining the word "hero." The dictionary defines "hero" as "1. a person admired for his or her bravery, great deeds, or noble qualities: 2. a person admired for contribution to a particular field." At the risk of sounding...
Letters to the Editor
EXPLORING HIGH-TECH ART Please continue to include articles on art and technology. I would love to see how others integrate computers, etc. into their art curriculum. I also would like to see articles dealing with adaptive art and related issues....
Levels of Emotion
It is not surprising that children are easily motivated to create artworks based on the human face. After all, portraiture is one subject for which students can bring years of observational research to their work. From an early age, a child can distinguish...
Modern Mosaics: From Mundane Materials to Magnificence
Mosaics, mosaics, mosaics. It seems as if everywhere we look we see mosaics. It is an art form that has resurfaced as a popular craft form. Tables, flower pots, candle holders, garden stepping stones, coasters and just about anything you can imagine...
One Approach to Elementary COMPUTER ART
When second-grade teacher Laurie Petts was teaching her students about shapes, she asked me to come to her class to demonstrate how to draw shapes on the computer. Her intent was to integrate art and technology into the lesson. Also, she wanted her...
The Bag Hatter
When I was a child, my mother made me tri-cornered hats from newspaper and I thought she was pretty clever. Then I saw these hats by a Hawaiian artist named Moses, and my perception of paper hats was forever changed. I was awestruck when I realized...
Whimsical Imagery
An Interview with Jean Nunez Donegan The handbuilt ceramic vessels--mainly teapots and goblets--created by Jean Nunez Donegan are generally small, very detailed and often humorous. The imagery for her whimsical pieces is drawn from many sources...
Winslow HOMER THE ILLUSTRATOR: His Wood Engravings, 1857-1888
What could possibly be more American, and reflective of our past, than the works of artist Winslow Homer? As a 19th-century painter and illustrator, he documented the Civil War and depicted scenes representing nearly every aspect of American life....