Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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Smart ideas for color media and drawing fill the pages of this month's issue. In "Georgia On Our Minds" (page 18), author Karen Skophammer writes that she likes oil pastels because of their advantages: "They come in a large range of hues, intensities and values, and they lend themselves to blending and shading in a unique way that no other art medium offers."

Karen also has an appreciation for Georgia O'Keeffe." "[Her] works are a great inspiration for working with oil pastels ... Her varied subject matter, and the apparent blending of colors in her works, make them a great study for high-school students. "And, at the end of the project, she truly enjoyed hearing her students say, "I've never created anything so beautiful!"

In 'Visual Journaling: Engaging Adolescents in Sketchbook Activities" (page 28), high-school teacher Karen Cummings writes, "[Journals] are a creative way for them to share their experiences and personal responses to life's events in visual and written form. Through selecting and arranging text and images, students will broaden their understanding of art, enhance their expression of ideas and provide heightened critical responses to visual culture." Read how she initiated this project, and what she and her students gained in the process.

Designed to move students from traditional pictures of dairy cows to more eclectic visual solutions, "On the Art Career Track: Behold ... The Cow as Art" (page 32) is an activity akin to a design project in the professional world. …

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