Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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Many things can inspire artists. But, when it comes to youngsters, few subjects have the appeal of animals. This month, we have gathered together a group of art projects that feature animals and fish as the subject--and prove that they are an artist's best friends.

We begin with our Cover Story, "Mixed-Media Environments with Animals" (page 20). The lesson starts with a discussion of habitat, then includes learning about watercolor techniques, and how to show depth and how to combine media into a single concept. What's Your Pet's Story?" (page 22) is more personal, in that it asks students to imagine and then paint stories from their pets' perspectives.

"Learning from Exhibitions: It's a Dog's Life ... Photographs by William Wegman from the Polaroid Collection" (page 37) is a great way to show your students the work of a professional artist that is very successful in using animals--his pet weimaraners--in his art.

With summer on the way, we suggest that you make the most of the sun and water. "Underwater Wonders" (page 24) is a papier-mache project that will turn your art room into an impressive watery world populated with variety of flamboyant fish sculptures. Color theory and painting are emphasized in "Color Under the Sea" (page 26), as students are asked to imagine how color might be affected by the amount of sunlight shining through ocean water at different times of the day.

Whether it's the waning school days of June or summer camp or summer school, "Sand Casting" (page 28) will be a hit with your students, as they dig in the sand to create their own decorative plaster art. …

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