Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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When it comes to art materials, paper is particularly pertinent. So, let us ponder "The Particulars of Paper" with a small sampling of this month's projects ... In our Cover Story, "Up Close And Personal: Photorealistic Self-Portraits" (page 30), high-school students focus on shape--the larger elements and not the small details--as they create Chuck Close-inspired collages of themselves from unorthodox media. Unusual media are also used in "Carp Collage" (page 29), where stamps, scrolls, handmade paper and more are used in concert with metal-tooled relief sculptures offish by upper-elementary artists to create Asian-inspired compositions.

Primary students learn about the components of a self-portrait, the parts and placement of facial features, and employ collage techniques and drawing to create wonderfully charming mixed-media portraits of themselves in "Celebrating Diversity with Kindergarten and Grade 1 Self-Portraits" (page 32). Writes the author, "When displayed, they are a delightful representation of our American schools and multicultural society. All students follow what I call my 'steps to success'--all steps are the same for all students--and yet the results are as diverse as our young artists."

Then, in "Happy Birthday with Handmade Paper" (page 34), middle-school students learn a bit about the history of paper, Eric Carle and the collage work he uses to create his illustrations ... all leading up to a studio activity wherein they each create their own handmade color paper, and together create a unified design celebrating the 80-year-old artist and his work. …

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