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Articles from Vol. 133, No. 3, April

A Personal Point of View. (Photographic Expression)
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * define the terms: angle, texture, lighting, placement, harmony, balance, repetition, point of view, bird's-eye view and worm's-eye view. * learn how to take a sharp photo. * use leading lines to capture...
A Picture Memory
MATERIALS * 9" x 12" colored construction paper (assorted warm and cool colors) * White chalk * Tempera Paint (primary, secondary colors, white and black) * Palettes (small plastic or wax paper) * Assorted paintbrushes LEARNING OBJECTIVES...
Classroom Use
THIS FACE The subject of this portrait is Theodor Seuss Geisel (1902-1991), known best as "Dr. Seuss," writer and illustrator of children's books. It is made up of two photographs that have been torn apart and the pieces rearranged. This combination...
Clip & Save Art Notes
Arnold Newman (b. 1918). Portrait of Theodor Seuss Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), November 15, 1985, in La Jolla, California. ABOUT THIS PHOTOGRAPH Readers who know the books written and drawn by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) might like to...
Creating Chemigrams in the Classroom. (Photographic Expression)
What? Someone accidentally exposed some photo paper to room light? If you've ever do room work with kids, you know that happens. In throwing away that expensive, mined paper, use it next class of beginners. Remember, we're talking about any black-a...
Dynamic Squares. (Teaching Art with Art)
There's really no other shape that is like a square. There's nothing like it in nature--nothing that has four equal lengths, straight sides and four corners that are equal to each other, that is, right angles. The shape had to have been invented by...
Editor's Note
Come with us as we explore the power of paint this month. A good place to start is with our Cover Story. "Waxing Poetic" (page 28) is the tale of a teacher rising to the challenge of combining two seemingly disparate art classes--watercolor and mixed...
Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art, 1907-1975. (Learning from Exhibitions)
Fairfield Porter (1907-1975) was a fascinating, complex and distinctive American painter who produced Intimist-inspired Realist work in the midst of the Abstract Expressionist movement. While most of the American and European artists were exploring...
Flowers and Landscape by Serendipity
MATERIALS * Live or artificial flowers * Pencils * Sketchbooks * Watercolor paper * Masking tape * Assorted colored tissue paper * Large watercolor brushes * Water bowls * Paper towels * Newspaper * Plastic wrap ...
Gift-Giving Artists. (Children's Art Diary)
The reasons children make art are complex, but the notion of children making art to give something of themselves to important causes and people in their lives is a powerful motive. Children are proud to make beautiful things that are appreciated by...
Illustrated Idioms. (Integrating the Curriculum)
MATERIALS * Resource books or Internet access * 12" x 18" white paper * Watercolor and tempera paints LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * learn the origins of idioms. * successfully depict an idiom of choice by drawing it on...
Shoreline Paintings
MATERIALS * 12" x 18" white paper * Tempera paints and brushes * Pencils and erasers * Water bowls * Newspaper table covers * Aprons or old shirts * Construction paper (for mounting the paintings) * Glue LEARNING OBJECTIVES...
Show Me a Sign. (Art across the Curriculum)
"I see letter forms as very powerful symbols. Either alone or in combination as words or partial words, they give additional meaning to a painting. --Robert Cottingham * If you were to visit a busy city, and wanted to photograph a friend in front...
The Power of Expression
MATERIALS * Viewfinders * Acrylics * 18" x 24" painting surface * Brushes * Palette knives * Digital camera * Mirrors * Examples of expressive artwork * Worksheets for students to fill out on themselves LEARNING OBJECTIVES...
Watergraphs: Exploring the World of Art with Instant Photography. (Photographic Expression)
MATERIALS * Polaroid 600 Write-On film * Watercolor pencils or water-based pastels, pen and ink, oil pastels * Glue stick * Mounting board, mat board, metallic papers and tissue paper THE PROCESS * After taking the photo, paint directly...
Waxing Poetic. (Cover Story)
MATERIALS * 140-lb. watercolor paper (Arches) * Paraffin (and perhaps broken crayons for colored wax) * Clean tuna cans * Old baking pan(s) * Double hot plate * Expendible brushes for wax * One or two old irons * Lots of clean...
You Still Use a Darkroom? (Forum Thoughts to Share)
When I went to the local camera store to buy my "beginning-of-the-year" photography supplies, the owner took me to what he kindly called the "antique" section of the store. When my yearbook printer was looking over some prints I brought to him, he...