Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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Can you believe we're starting another new school year? And, can you believe Arts & Activities is celebrating its 75th year of serving art educators? My oh my, how the time flies when you're involved in a worthy endeavor: Bringing a quality art education to the K-12 students of America.

The articles in our "Good Ways To Get Things Started" section will help you dive right into this back-to-school season. "Art Across the Curriculum: Back On the Bus" (page 24) connects visual art with history, language arts, math and social studies. "Pattern Pictures" (page 40) describes a lesson devised to introduce students to some elements of art. And, "A Warm Fuzzy September" (page 44) reveals a charming way to set the tone for a successful year.

With this issue we introduce a new 10-issue feature, "eARTh ... it's got ART: A Theme-Based Yearlong Curriculum" (page 33). Art educator Debi West developed and successfully used this program with her K-5 students at Level Creek Elementary School in Suwanee, Georgia. Starting with the next issue (October), we will present a lesson plan dealing with each of the Earth's seven continents, which will engage children in art, focusing on one grade level per issue. Space is limited in the magazine, so we'll be presenting lesson plans for the other five grades on our Web site. Just look for the "eARTh ... it's got ART" globe on our homepage (www.artsandactivities.com). The year will then close in our May and June issues with tips on exhibiting all of the great work your students have done during the year, and how to "document your doings" for future use and reference. …

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