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Articles from Vol. 140, No. 2, October

Ahh ... Paper! Tried & True Tips for Art Teachers
It's such an elemental, incredible surface for artists young and old. Paper comes in so many different colors, textures and weights. A great gift for us to use as we may, but that's just it ... we can use paper in so many ways that we often fall back...
Animals with a Mondrian Twist
My fourth- and fifth-grade students really enjoy drawing animals, so I decided to give their drawing lesson a different twist by adding Pier Mondrian's artistic style to the design. Planning this type of lesson serves as an example to students of how...
Antique Coffee Collage
When planning art activities, I often struggle with two reccurring problems: how to sustain student enthusiasm and how to nurture student commitment to perform at high levels. Recently, I have shifted the focus of my middle-school art program from...
Classroom Use of the Art Print
THINGS TO LEARN * On August 24, 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman city Pompeii in 25 feet of ash and stone. Thousands of people perished in the catastrophe and hundreds of works of art and objects were lost. In the latter half of...
Clip & Save Art Notes
ABOUT THIS ARTWORK This month's Clip & Save Art Print features one of art history's oldest recurring symbols: the human skull. As witches, goblins, bats, ghouls and ghosts loom large in the minds and imaginations of students during the month...
Go for the Gold
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) was born in Baumgarten, Austria, near Vienna. At age 14, he studied at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts. At first, his portraits were very detailed with realistic backgrounds. Later, in 1897, he became a founding member...
Imaginative Instruments
Who would guess that a box of musical-instrument study prints would be the inspiration for an easy art project? Trumpets, drums, violins and flutes were waiting to be transformed into exciting overlapping shapes. I showed each study print to my...
Klee Creature Landscapes
Literature is a wonderful motivator for art educators in sparking new lesson ideas. Paul Klee: Animal Tricks, Adventures in Art (Prestel Publishing, 2002), by Christian Rumelin, was such a find that I used it as the motivation for a first-grade animal...
Mossaics of Us
Throughout my art history training and my long ago travel to Italy, I've been intrigued by mosaics. Having seen the tiny stones or bits of glass (tesserae) on walls and vaulting was like being in a cave with jewels glittering all around you. Their...
Paper-Glass Windows
When they saw the stained-glass windows I was making with the older students, my 10- to 12-year-olds begged, "Please, can we do that, too?" I knew I wouldn't be comfortable with them handling sharp bits of glass, using glass cutters or working with...
Pinch-Pot Jack-O'-Lanterns
I have a problem with holidays. Or I should say I have a problem with holiday art projects. I strongly feel my art curriculum is a subject to be respected and not simply a time to create decorations, and yet ... there are projects so beloved by my...
Reality Rearrangement
The art of collage is an age-old process that nearly all well-known artists have utilized at one time or another. Its very nature has also meant that collage is an artistic technique that has been utilized by the "untrained" or folk artist. I am...
The Joys of Cutting
After finishing a drawing, kids often ask for scissors. "May I cut it out?" With a cut, the art is freed to dance, become a doll or form a strand of play jewelry. "Now may I have some string? I'm going to wear this to show everyone what I made." Cutting...
The Tabloids! It Must Be True ... We Saw It In
Everyone has had a laugh reading sensational tabloid headlines while standing in line at the supermarket. Nonetheless, there is no denying that tabloids such as the National Inquirer, Globe and The Weekly World News have a broad audience in the United...