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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. 145, No. 1, February

Bowls for the Hungry
A few short years ago on one painfully early morning, a question began rattling around my skull while I sipped my first cup of coffee: How can I get my junior-high art students to use their artistic talent to make a positive, meaningful impact on our...
Classroom Use of the Art Print
Horton, William S. (1865-1936). Towers of a Thousand Eyes (no date). Oil on canvas; 92 x 11.8 cm. Musee de la Cooperation Franco-Americaine, Blerancourt, France. THINGS TO KNOW William Samuel Horton was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was raised...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THE ARTIST Say the names Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, and what automatically comes to mind is French Impressionism. Hear the names Maurice Prendergast, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam or Ernest Lawson, and you probably think of the...
Getting "Fired Up": Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers
As we focus on ceramics, let's get "fired up" with some great tips so everyone can enjoy creating with this "plastic," malleable material! As a segue into working with clay, I'd like to pick up a thread I wove through December's column. I suggested...
Handbuilt Hang-Outs: Slab Houses with a Twist
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] In the second semester each year, my high school art classes start a unit in ceramics. most of my classes average 12 students and I only have four wheels, we always have two projects going at once, one wheel-thrown piece...
Innovation and Change: Great Ceramics from the Ceramics Research Center, Arizona State University Art Museum Collection
Clay is one of the oldest materials known to humanity and has been used for utilitarian purposes and creative expression since prehistoric times. Clay tablets were used as the first writing medium when inscribed with cuneiform script around 3,000 B.C....
Magician Artists
I was 59 when I got my first magic kit in a box. I bought it at a garage sale on the other end of town from a colleague, who used to be a magician like me. The cardboard box with a handle still had all its tricks in the original compartments. Except...
Making Ceramic Cameras
I have been exploring pinhole photography as a way to incorporate photography into my ninth-grade art curriculum. I began experimenting with the idea of creating functional cameras from clay, allowing students to experience ceramics, photography and...
Soulful Survivor Sewing
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] My, how far we have come! The 20th of January 2009, will always be known as the date of the inauguration of the first African-American President of the United States. The journey--historically, socially and emotionally--has...
Strong Pictures Get the Point Across: Teens Put Life (and Art) Up on a Billboard
Teens have issues! They talk about suicide and war. They experiment with drugs, drinking and smoking. Their lives may have been touched by abuse, gangs or guns. Young people worry about these issues and many others as they work out their emerging identities...
Testing 1-2-3: The Way to Firing Success
Why do glaze tests? For a number of reasons. With so many glazes and underglazes being manufactured by different companies that label and number them differently, it can be confusing. Though some of the properties are similar, many are different. Glazes...
Tints, Shades and Frost
Robert Frost is one of the most acclaimed and beloved American poets of all time. He may be remembered for his eloquent reading of his poem, "The Gift Outright," at Robert F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961. Although born in Northern California,...