Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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There is no need for art class to be spooky--especially when you have at your fingertips the great art projects in this issue! There is a haunted house on our cover, but don't be frightened--our classroom-proven ideas will rescue you from any scary art-room bind.

Fight the fear by getting creative with paper and collage--and we have lots of ideas to help you do it! In "Picasso's Posies" (page 22), children learn about the Spanish artist and his body of work, then mix primary colors to create secondary colors, and practice watercolor techniques and simple brushwork. It is all brought together with cut-paper hands, resulting in a collage that would make a great gift for a loved one.

High-school students mix language with visual arts in "Getting Down to the Roots in Art" (page 24). Latin and Greek words are introduced, and the 17th-century genre paintings of Pieter de Hooch used as inspiration. But, the big challenge for the teen-agers is to create their own genre scenes related to their modern lives. They learn the meaning of "juxtaposition" as they carefully develop their scenes that reflect new art language: contrast, depth, perspective and proportion.

"Explode into Abstraction" (page 25) takes us on a "trip" to a glass factory where we see bottles, vases and jugs of all kinds lined neatly on shelves. But, they don't stay neat for long! Students "explode" their carefully cut paper "glassware" outward into beautiful designs and patterns. The kids are sure to enjoy the transition from realistic into abstract. …

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