Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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Lessons and studio activities to help you coach your students to win the painting game abound in this month's issue. There's some great stuff here, but there's also a dilemma: deciding which to try first! I think it best if we dive right in. A few of your choices follow.

Donna J. Goodwin's "Integrating the Curriculum: Pop Art-Inspired Self-Portraits" asks middle- and high-school students to analyze what can give meaning and value to a work of art, demonstrate an understanding of the life and art of Andy Warhol, and use the technology and techniques of today's graphic artist. Students were also required to include words in their portraits that expressed the essence of their own being, applying the district's sentence fluency standards. See how they did on page 36.

"Instead of painting the usual still life of fruits, vegetables and shiny bottles, why not try a small project that makes a big impact?" This question is how Bill Hicks opens his "Miniature Paintings: Small Size, Big Impact!" (page 32). Not only will the lesson make a big impact with high-school students, it also teaches them to identify style, subject matter, themes and content through the study of master paintings, and through the application of various painting techniques in the replication of a historical artwork.

In Joan Sterling's "It's About Time: Functional Artworks" (page 39), upper-elementary students enjoy duplicating famous paintings in a circular format, turning their art into something functional they and their families can use every day. …

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