Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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Long-time friends of Arts & Activities have no doubt noticed that, in November, we aim to delight and inspire our readers with printmaking ideas. We believe that learning about prints, and how to make them, are important ingredients of a well-rounded art education for students at all grade levels. With this goal in mind, we present a collection of printmaking projects that are sure to pique your interest. After all, it is the season!

Our Cover Story, "Turn Over a New Leaf ... Printmaking and Painting Pair Up" (page 18), is a successful project that teaches about repetition, balance, emphasis and the arrangement of elements. Once they learn the meaning of printmaking, stencil and mask, students involve all three as they create soft, ethereal compositions of positive and negative shapes, like the one seen on our cover.

Andy Warhol would be pleased to know how he inspired the artworks featured in "Pop-Art Printmaking" (page 20). Using Warhol's "Marilyn Monroe" as an example of how printmaking allows artists to duplicate an image multiple times, students use close-up photos of faces to start toward creating the sophisticated multiple print images that ultimately result.

Mother Nature moves us as artists and often becomes the source of creative work. Such is the case in "Linoleum Leaf Prints" (page 30). This project begins with a nature walk as students gather leaves with interesting repetitions of lines on them. …

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