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. 3, November

Advertising with an Attitude: An Aesthetic, Emotional and Intellectual Experience. (on the Art Career Track)
Career awareness in the art field is very important in education. To introduce advertising design to my fourth- and fifth-grade students, I showed them examples of advertisements in magazines and pamphlets in which the products for sale had been illustrated...
Clip & Save: John Marin (1870-1953), Movement -- Pertaining to Deer Isle, Maine -- the Harbor I, 1927. Watercolor and Pencil on Paper; 16 5/8" X 22 1/4". the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York. (Art Notes)(Cover Story)
the artist John Marin (1870-1953) spent most of his childhood in Weehawken, N.J. His first pictures showed the area near where he lived, including views of New York City just across the Hudson River. He was always to be seen with a pad and pencil...
Curls of My Dreams
Toward the beginning of each school year, I review basics that my drawing class may have forgotten over the summer, making sure everyone's mind is refreshed, and that we all understand the concepts that make drawings believable and compositionally...
Editor's Note
Make an impression on your art students and they, in turn, will make expressive impressions of their own! How to do this? You can begin with our Cover Story, "First Impressions," found on page 16. This project serves as an excellent high-school-level...
Expressionism
THINGS TO LEARN * Expressionism was one of a number of art movements that began in the early 20th century. It appeared because artists rejected the fixed ideas of Classical art (inherited from Greece and Rome), which no longer seemed to fit the...
First Impressions. (Cover Story)
A few years ago, the Terra Museum in Chicago hosted an exhibition of monotypes and prints by American artists. The show was an eye-opener. The resulting book beautifully illustrated the unique quality and spontaneity of monotypes. Most of these...
Living Waterways. (Teaching Art with Art)(Cover Story)
Most people today travel either by road or air, so it is easy to forget that, until recently, the great highways of the world were over water. Rivers, lakes and seas enabled travelers to move around much more easily than going over land on bad roads....
Marbling on a Budget
There is probably no one on the planet that has ever opened the covers of a beautiful old book and has not been impressed by the vivid colors and unusual patterns of the end papers. In some cases these end papers, called marbled papers, are the most...
Presidential Prints
My sixth- and seventh-grade students had recently studied the United States presidency, discussing past presidents and the integrity of the presidential office. Each student was assigned to research a past president on the Internet and to then draw...
Print & Poem
Synesthetes are people who associate with one kind of sensory impression when a different sense is stimulated. When they read "9" they might see the color green, or the sound of a flute might elicit the color purple. Such associations don't make sense...
Sunflowers: Scratchboard. (Cover Story)
Scratchboard is a great vehicle for teaching drawing skills. It provides an alternate way for students to develop an understanding of working in values. Our subject for this lesson was sunflowers. Their large, clear shapes and distinct value contrasts...
Teddy Bear Still Lifes
Studying still lifes can be tedious for first-graders. Fruit, flowers and musical instruments .are not especially exciting. But toys can be very interesting for a 6-year-old. I therefore developed this still-life unit for my young students. To get...