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. 144, No. 1, September

10 Teaching and Learning Strategies in a "Choice-Based" Art Program
In a choice-based art program, the classroom becomes a "studio" and students are treated as artists. Individual students are responsible for designing and implementing their "art problems," and initiating their own projects. This system honors individual...
An Art History Center in Elementary School?
When I pictured my career as an art teacher, I had many images in my mind. Teaching kindergarten students to hold a paintbrush, teaching fifth-graders to use one point perspective, showing third-graders how to blend chalk pastels and create beautiful...
Classroom Use of the Art Print
Pierre Bonnard (French; 1867-1947). Dusk, The Croquet Game, 1892. Oil on canvas; 51.25" x 64". Music d'Orsay, Paris, France. THINGS TO KNOW Pierre Bonnard was born outside of Paris in 1867. He grew up in a comfortable, middle-class family and...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THIS ARTIST French painter, Pierre Eugene Frederic Bonnard (1867-1947), was born outside of Paris to a comfortable, middle-class family. At the age of 18, Bonnard enrolled in law school, and used his free time to study painting. Although he...
Editor's Note
It's a fantastic thing to be greeted in your art room by the excited, joyous faces of youngsters like Aiden, the boy on our cover. You know you have reached them when they eagerly await the next thing to learn from you. Our mission this month is to...
It's in the Bag: Introducing Art Elements through Literature
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In today's educational climate, the presence of art educators and the occurrence of art-education experiences are often scarce. As a result, the question becomes: how can every teacher provide beneficial art experiences in...
Mixed-Media Collage Color Wheel
Teaching the color wheel can be unimaginative and boring, but this mixed-media, cooperative, multi-grade-level color wheel is fun for all? [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Starting with first-and second-graders, each class was divided into six groups,...
Object Family Tree
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sitting pensively one day, gazing listlessly over a stack of ideas for a drawing project, I began to think, "Why would my junior-high students care about any of these projects?" Some of the ideas were fancy, some extra challenging,...
Op-Art Line Design
As each new school year begins, I find myself asking this question: Do I have enough time for a quality art lesson, after I've given my "Welcome-to-the-art-room rules and regulations, who do I remember, and where-shall-we-sit" speech? The lesson I...
Power Play
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The one that got away. The road not taken. Just say no. Such phrases may seem like worn-out cliches, but, ultimately, making a choice or having choices made for you are the things that will shape the course of your life. ...
The Hole Truth
When thinking about a plausible subject for a layout and design project driven by the element of shape, the bagel proved a worthy topic. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In Ottawa, we are well positioned to discuss the merits of the many different types...
The Value of a Good Teacher
How do we measure the value of a good teacher? Now, that's a loaded question. We at Bridgman High School measure the value of a good teacher on many levels--their subject expertise, their positive interaction with students, their commitment to excellence...
Times of Day in Art
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the late winter and early spring months of 1892 and 1893, the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet rented space across the street from the Rouen Cathedral. In these rooms, with windows that looked out upon the church's...
Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers
Excitement is in the air! You're looking forward to seeing former students or a whole new batch of kids. You've been planning, thinking about assignments and connections to other disciplines. Perhaps you and a team of colleagues have already mapped...