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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. 137, No. 3, April

Classroom Use of the Art Print
Albrecht Durer (German; 1471.1528). Self-Portrait, 1498. Oil on wood, 20 1/2" x 16 1/2". Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. THINGS TO LEARN * While Durer was on his travels, he painted a number of small watercolors of places he had visited. Very...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THIS SELF-PORTRAIT Few artists in 15th-century Germany painted self-portraits, but Albrecht Durer brought back with him many ideas from his travels, including self-portraits. And, next only to Rembrandt 100 years later, he painted more self-portraits...
Editor's Note
There are different ways to motivate students to paint with style and flair, and in this issue we have some winning projects that will do just that! High-school artists will be challenged by the lesson described in our Cover Story, "In The Manner of...
Exploring Movement and Rhythm with Hard-Edge Painting
My fourth-graders had been studying painting periods such as Romanticism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Abstractionism and Surrealism. We had looked at paintings by Wood, Miro, Picasso. Kandinsky, Matisse, van Gogh and Renoir. The students...
Great Portraits out of the Blue
This multi-media project began as a whim to gel my students "out of the box" (my classroom), and into an environment that might not be considered "arty." So ... it was off to the school's cafetorium (cafeteria/auditorium). I had a wonderful bunch...
Hawksbill Sea Turtle Endangered Animals Unit
For many children the words "endangered animal" usually creates images of gigantic sea creatures or dinosaurs. Nonetheless, second-grade students usually understand the concept that many animals are at risk of becoming extinct, yet they have difficulty...
In the Manner Of
My oil-painting class was mostly made up of juniors and seniors who had completed at least one of our two introductory art classes, the first semester in which they learned the basics of drawing, design, color theory, sculpture, watercolors/acrylics,...
Leaping Lizards
Drawing flowers, shoes, teddy bears and bowls of fruit all provide valuable learning experiences but, sometimes, students yearn for a bit of excitement that they just can't get from these oft-drawn objects. Even if your space is limited and your budget...
Let's Have a Paint-Along!
Anyone remember Archie Bunker's famous put-down of Edith? "Stiffle!" It reminds me of one of my greatest fears as an art educator: that I might somehow, inadvertently, stifle creativity with a lesson I've chosen. Visual arts teachers are meant to nurture...
Painting Watercolor Fractions
A second-grade teacher at our school had asked for my help in preparing his students for the standardized math test they would soon be taking. There are fractions on the test and he would like to reinforce his students' skills with a hands-on visual...
Template Magic
These mouth-watering watercolor paintings of fruit were made possible with the use of templates. When I decided to attempt--yet again--to pull some dynamic paintings from my fourth- and fifth-graders, I first had to ask myself a few serious questions:...
Trompe L'Oeil: The Art of Illusion
For thousands of years, artists have attempted to create images that accurately reflect the world around them. In the medium of painting--to be specific--artists have endeavored, through talent and technique, to present subject matter in a realistic...