Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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There's something special about paper. It's a useful medium for so many purposes. Like in our Cover Story, "Figurative Departures From Realism" (page 20). Here, students learn how Picasso and Braque incorporated ticket stubs, wallpaper and newspaper clippings into their Cubist painting-collages. The high-schoolers then apply what they learned to earth-tone portraits of fellow classmates.

Paper is an important step in "A Lesson In Values" (page 22), where seventh-graders researched this element of design relating to the lightness and darkness of a color or shade. A simple landscape sketch was interpreted in pencil, pen and ink, paint and, finally, paper collage. By the end of the project, there was no questioning these kids values.

First-graders learn some "Lessons From The Rain Forest" (page 24) in our next paper project, and increase their manipulative skills, learn how to cut duplicate shapes, arrange a unified composition, and become masters at overlapping. Through all of this, they also become more knowledgeable about the rain forest.

Paper can also be used to teach students how to start a business. "On the Art Career Track: Paper Products ... Creativity is Step to Business Success" (page 25) tells the story of one savvy teacher and how he taught his students an important lesson in entrepreneurship. "Primarily Paper" (page 26) takes us on a high-school odyssey of the creative possibilities of crepe paper, tissue paper, newspaper, wallpaper and more--all inspired by Gerald Brommer's excellent book, "Collage Techniques: A Guide for Artists and Illustrators. …

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