Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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October gave a party; The leaves by hundreds came, The Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples, And leaves of every name." From George Cooper's poem, "October's Party," this excerpt captures the essence of October, as does Young Artist Britty Kukawka's autumnal-hued tree (page 16). Join the celebration of fall and this issue's theme, collage and paper.

When Adrienne Ragsdale introduced her elementary students to the art of Gustav Klimt, she was "... instantly pleased with the sparkles in their eyes ..." No wonder she decided to share "Kissed by Klimt" (page 32). Among the learning objectives are using overlapping in creating a collage," developing a whole piece out of many separate, distinct parts," discovering applications of a visual to represent emotion; and exploring working with the self as a subject.

Bearden, Rauschenberg and O'Keeffe inspire many projects, and "Colorful Collage: Visions of Flowers" (page 36) is one such lesson. Using the motif of flowers, elementary and middle-schoolers develop an awareness of the visual properties of line, color, texture, shape, value and space. "After we had discussed the elements of art as they pertained to flowers and nature," writes the author, "we were ready to begin work on our flower collages."

High-school art teacher Jan Kinney describes "Exploding Boxes" (page 30) as "... a wonderfully individualized yet cohesive project that stretches the imagination, builds technique mastery and reinforces the 'old' elements of art using only paper, scissors and glue! …

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