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Talley, Clarence, Sr. – Arts & Activities, 2011
Art has a way of helping students better understand and appreciate the world around them, particularly the things that are most important to them. Hip hop is one of those generational genres that capture the attention of young students like few other things do. Drawing on this genre to get students to create art is an excellent way to demonstrate…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Music, Art Expression, Art Activities
Skophammer, Karen – Arts & Activities, 2011
Oil pastels offer many 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. They can be worked and reworked from day to day by the students without the large mess and cleanup time that oil paints require. An artist whose works are a…
Descriptors: Artists, Art Materials, Color, Studio Art
Sartorius, Tara Cady – Arts & Activities, 2011
This article discusses Al Souza's "Orlando City Maps," which was created not by adding colored ink to paper, but by cutting the printed paper away. Seven layers of pages are stacked upon one another and, except for the intact bottom layer, oval-shaped holes are cut through each page to reveal the layers below. When designing "Orlando City Maps,"…
Descriptors: Artists, Art Products, Integrated Curriculum, Art Education
Cummings, Karen L. – Arts & Activities, 2011
A wonderful way to engage high-school students in sketchbook activities is to have them create journals that combine images with words to convey emotions, ideas, and understandings. Visual journaling is a creative way for them to share their experiences and personal responses to life's events in visual and written form. Through selecting and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Studio Art, Art Activities, Student Journals
Osterer, Irv – Arts & Activities, 2011
Cows have been a favorite subject for many artists, including Canadian artist Joe Fafard. In this article, grade 11 graphic-design students do a series of exercises in their sketchbooks using the cow motif. Each exercise was designed to have students move from traditional pictures of the dairy cow to more eclectic visual solutions. Eight…
Descriptors: High School Students, Grade 11, Graphic Arts, Studio Art
Hicks, Bill – Arts & Activities, 2011
This article describes a miniature painting project that allows students to research a master painter and then replicate the work on a smaller scale. This lesson focuses on the students' ability to learn to identify style, subject matter, themes, and content in painting through the study of historical paintings, and the application of various…
Descriptors: Painting (Visual Arts), Artists, Studio Art, Art Activities
Goodwin, Donna J. – Arts & Activities, 2011
In this article, the author describes an art lesson that was inspired by Andy Warhol's mass-produced portraits. Warhol began his career as a graphic artist and illustrator. His artwork was a response to the redundancy of the advertising images put in front of the American public. Celebrities and famous people in magazines and newspapers were seen…
Descriptors: Artists, Portraiture, Studio Art, Art Activities
Sartorius, Tara Cady – Arts & Activities, 2011
When artists are inspired to travel in Europe to study art and history of the Western world, Italy is a good place to start. With its ancient architecture, rich cultural heritage, and superb works of art, Italy has been the quintessential center of Western art history for centuries. It was the good fortune of Alabama-based artist and teacher…
Descriptors: Art History, Foreign Countries, Artists, Freehand Drawing