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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. 142, No. 5, January

Art History/art and Cultural Appreciation
The study of art abounds with a natural curiosity of various cultures, and a continuum of historical references linking it all together. Everything that happens to a people is recorded in their art. This visual history is often the only lasting...
A Vase of ... Sunflowers?
It seems that when you are an art teacher, you're always on the lookout for new ideas for your classes and can discover those ideas wherever you go. That was my experience earlier this year as a friend and I were watching the movie Mona Lisa Smile,...
Burning Secrets! an Introduction to Conceptual Art
Have some burning secrets? All middle-school students do. Box them up and burn the secrets. Everyone feels better. But, is this art? Conceptual art isn't drawing pretty pictures or experimenting with clay. It's representing ideas and feelings in...
Celebrating the Art of the Ndebele People
Including the arts and crafts of different cultures provides endless lesson ideas for the art room.* Such was the case with the following art project, which was met with much enthusiasm and student success. Gathering the children around to read...
Classroom Use of the Art Print
THINGS TO KNOW * Charles Roger "Red" Grooms was born in Nashville, Tenn., during the Great Depression. He took art classes as a boy and, along with a friend, mounted his first exhibit during his senior year of high school. Grooms studied art at...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THE ARTIST When American multimedia artist Charles "Red" Grooms (b. 1937) was a 10-year-old boy growing up Tennessee, his mother enrolled him in art classes at the Nashville Children's Museum. In eighth grade his model of a circus won first...
Corresponding with Artists
Works by famous artists have often shown us that the style and manner in which the artist handles a chosen medium can be a reflection of the way the artist, as a person, approaches issues in life. That thought suggests that artistic productivity and...
Discipline-Based Art Education at Its Best ... Miniature Chair Maquettes
Are you looking for a project that all your students will feel successful creating, while also having a challenging and rewarding art experience? Does combining the concept of functional art with fine art sound appealing to you? Have you been asked...
Gotta Hand It to Our Artists!
Our "eARTH ... It's got ART" yearlong curriculum series now takes us to the beautiful continent of Africa! I so enjoy "taking" students here because of my 20-day visit to South Africa several years ago. I traveled from Johannesburg, to Durban, to Capetown...
Photographs by Karsh: Learning from Exhibitions
On the centenary of his birth, museums around the world are celebrating the exceptional accomplishments of one of history's great photographers, Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002). This year, museums from London to Ottawa, Boston to Los Angeles, Chicago to Montgomery,...
Reverence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The true story belongs to the storyteller, not the subject. That having been said, many might dispute such a claim, especially those whose story is told by someone else. After all, we best tell our own story. Or do we? ...
Ruckus North Merrick
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] As an art teacher, I feel it is my responsibility to bring attention to art exhibits and museums in the area. Many students and their parents are unaware that wonderful resources are right in their own backyard. Although...
Teaching Art History to Young Learners
One challenge for art educators is creating lessons for the younger grades (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade) that uphold the high standards and expectations of the rest of the art program, but are also exciting, and most importantly,...
The Art/shoe Analogy
What would happen if you showed your students artwork by Pollock, Miro or Kandinsky? Would you expect their reaction to be, "... that's not art" or "I could do that"? If you have ever struggled to teach validation and appreciation for an artwork, without...
Understanding Realistic, Abstract and Nonobjective
There is nothing like listening to an art lecture and having the language go over the students' heads, thus leaving them clueless. To gain better understanding, students must have a handle on the visual dialogue. As a result, I developed this exercise....