Arts & Activities

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Articles from Vol. 138, No. 5, January

Aborigines and Iowans, Making Connections
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * discover the symbolic meaning of Aborigine dot paintings and appreciate them as works of art. * discover that the symbols in Aborigine dot paintings are similar to maps all over the world. * make...
Amazing Art History
MATERIALS * 3' x 5' white tag board * Images of artists * Tempera paint * Paintbrushes LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * be able to explain the goals of art history. * distinguish between art history and art criticism....
Art Books for Young Spanish Speakers
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Spanish-speaking students will ... * expand their interests in high-quality art books. * use art books for enjoyment and personal growth. * learn about visual art, art museums and great painters. * discuss favorite...
Art with Something to Say
MATERIALS * 9" x 12" white drawing paper * Collection of magazines * Shading pencils * Colored pencils * Reproductions, slides and/or books of the artists' works LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * become familiar with the...
Classroom Use of the Art Print
James McNeil Whistler (American; 1834-1903). Wapping, 1860-64. Oil on canvas; 28 3/8" x 40 1/16". John Hay Whitney Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington. THINGS TO LEARN * Whistler was well-known for his etchings before his paintings...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THIS PAINTING The River Thames at London always had a special attraction for James McNeil Whistler. He was fascinated by the crowded warehouses that lined the banks of the river and the tangle of masts, sails and rigging that were part of...
Creating Origami Chopstick Holders
On my visits to Japan, I have received many gifts of chopsticks in beautiful holders. Some of the holders were incredibly elaborate, with folded origami decorations. Others, given to me by children in the schools I visited as part of the Fulbright...
Editor's Note
Offered to you in this issue are amazing art history and appreciation projects that have worked for other art educators and are certain to work for you, helping to strengthen this important component of your art curriculum. To begin, we are happy...
Honoring the Horse
LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * develop an awareness of American Indian art and their culture. * create a small sculpture. * develop and expand their personal expression. * work with mixed media. MATERIALS * Sturdy branch...
If You Build It They Will Come ... a Renaissance Installation
MATERIALS * Image of Gerard's angel (cut into squares) * White drawing paper (12" x 18") * Tempera paint * Sharpie[R] pens * Pencils * Mr. Sketch[R] markers * Oil pastel * Egg LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... *...
Imagining History
Painting scenes from history became important during the Renaissance in 15th-century Europe and continued to be important for the next 400 years. It arose from the rediscovery in Italy of the remains of literature, sculpture and architecture from Greece...
Odd Infinitum
There is something comforting and familiar about a spiral. After all, a spiral-shaped molecule is at the core of every cell in every living thing. We imitate nature because we are nature. At the core of the work to your left is a single helix, which...
Sound Artists
Three-year-old Will sings and dances all day. His life is art. He paints with as many brushes as he can put into his hands and, of course, he sings and taps his art lines. Good things will happen to Will in school ... he will love show-and-tell,...
Taking Sides in Art
MATERIALS * Color transparencies or large reproductions of paintings * Paper * Pencils LEARNING OBJECTIVES Students will ... * learn how art can make a political statement about conflicts. * evaluate the emotional content of what...