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. 146, No. 1, September

Angels in Action
Introducing elements such as texture, line and shape is an important tool to teach at a young age because it provides students with fun and effective ways to make their pictures look real. Once students learn these tools of creating detail and movement,...
A Schoolwide Endeavor: Our Exquisite Snake
I was originally ,inspired by "The Exquisite Snake exhibit I saw at a local museum. Two hundred contemporary artists contributed to this exhibit, which was an adaptation of the old parlor game called "The Exquisite Corpse" that Surrealist artists used...
A Theme-Based Yearlong Curriculum
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you another full year of theme-based art lessons! Our 2007-08 "eARTh ... it's got ART" series brought in many positive comments. It seems that when teaching our students with an overarching theme, they...
Background, Foreground and the Ground in Between: Layers of Depth!
Here is a lesson in picture depth procedurally easy and not too expensive. I presented this lesson to my third-graders. Begin with viewing as many landscapes, seascapes and cityscape drawings, paintings and photographs as possible. Any artist will...
Classroom Use of the Art Print
THINGS TO KNOW Georges Seurat (1859-1891)--along with Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh--is part of a group of late-19th-century painters known as the Post Impressionists. Art historian John Canaday, in his text Mainstreams of Modern...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THE ARTIST The French painter Georges Seurat (pronounced ser-AH) is best known for the masterpiece, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-86), perhaps the most significant painting to celebrate leisure and recreation to ever...
Editor's Note
Start the new school year with creative flair with the sure-fire ways in this month's issue. There are several special items on the following pages, such as a brand-new column, "Art Works" (page 14) by art-education consultant and member of the A&A...
Fun & Recreation in Art
Ask young people why they love art class and many will emphatically reply, "It's fun!" With that in mind, we introduce this year's Clip & Save Art Print theme: "Fun & Recreation in Art." Students will see that, since ancient times, artists...
Geometric Houses: A Beginning Lesson for First-Graders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] As the school year begins for my first-grade art students, I like to dive right into a lesson that introduces some of the elements of art in a fun and unique way. I greet the children thusly: "Hello, first-graders! Welcome...
Hybrid Logos
Every graphic design course has a unit of instruction that focuses on logo design. It is an interesting exercise to have students tell you why they recognize certain trademarks or symbols. Certainly there is no doubt that when a specific service or...
Line: Lessons 1 in a Series of 5
Line is the oldest of all the elements of art, and can be traced back to Paleolithic cave drawings, so it's fitting that it is the first in this five-part unit (other elements will be featured in the next four issues of A&A). There are two distinct...
Name Design
I often do this as the first project in my class. I found a similar project in the Sept. 2005 Arts & Activities called "An Illustrated Name" by Teri Dexheimer Joyce that can also be used in the first class, because it too deals with a name design....
Ship Shape
At the intersection of art and war is the shout of protest, the glory of conquest and the shame of defeat. Around the edges of all that are endless hours upon hours of intermittent preparation and boredom that, more often than not, result in unrealized...
... Then and Now!
Remember way back ... to the days of dusty chalkboard erasers that needed to be pounded outdoors by the assigned monitor after school each day ... to "cloak rooms" where we hung our coats ... to inkwells drilled into the upper right-hand corners of...
Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers
A new school year is starting and I hope everyone had a restful but creative summer. It's time to get back in the swing of things and get ready for a new group of students ... and that means learning new names, getting new lesson plans together and...