Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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From traditional ("Multipurpose Monoprints," page 22 and "Printmaking: It's Elementary!" page 42), to what might be considered a little offbeat ("Save That Gadget," page 38 and "Bloomin' Color Celery Prints," page 40), we have printmaking projects that will excite your students and help you achieve learning objectives that tie in with national visual art standards. Are you curious about the gadgets and celery? Well, you'll just have to read these stories and experience for yourself how everday items--and a common vegetable--can be used to create art!

A close relative to printmaking--scratchboard--is our other emphasis this issue. The eye-catching artwork on our cover is only one of the animals that prowled the art room at South El Monte High School, while talented young artists created "Showstopping Scratchboards." You, too, can turn your classroom into a wild kingdom; turn to page 20 and read how. Insects serve as inspiration in "Swarm" (page 44), a project that shows how this medium can be used to teach a number of design principles: movement, balance, rhythm and contrast to be exact. And, a human skeleton and assorted bones are used as the models in "High Contrast" (page 25). Nature often provides the most intriguing subject matter. These three articles certainly back up this premise.

"Learning from Exhibitions: Gerald Leslie Brockhurst ... Etchings from the W. P. Brumfield Memorial Collection" (page 33) shows how refined and exquisite the art of etching can be. At first glance, Brockhurst's work may look like aquatints or mezzotints. But, these are indeed etchings done "line by line, dot by dot. …

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