Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Editor's Note

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You can feel it in the air: the excited anticipation that precedes a new school year. For the past few months, we've been busily selecting and preparing materials that will help you make the best of this fresh September start. Traditionally, a study of color is appropriate for this time of year, and we have several ideas in this regard, under the heading "Start the Year with a Splash of Color." To begin, Geri Greenman's "Shades of Summer" (page 22) serves as a beautiful segue from vacation time to school time. Using familiar swimming-pool toys, high-school students apply their knowledge of color theory and color mixing as they create luscious, luminescent watercolor paintings.

In "Warm & Cool Dinosaurs" (page 28), Sally Mannlein shares the successful lesson she used to introduce her first-graders to drawing dinosaurs, the concept of distance and--most importantly--warm and cool colors. Then, learn how your secondary-level students can create a "... new kind of color `wheel,' contrasting pure, powerful color with tantalizing tints ..." in Paula Guhin's "Commanding Color and Versatile Value" (page 38).

Among our "Inspirational Ice-Breakers" is a wonderful way to utilize the time when students prepare to enter and leave the art room. `Line Up for Art: Making the Most of Those Teachable Moments" (page 37), by Minuette B. Floyd, clearly outlines how you can make use of every minute of "art time" with fun games and an informative "art news board. …

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