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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2012
Romero Britto is a wonderful artist for young students to study when learning the building blocks of art and design. Colorful, linear, and full of bold patterns, Britto's work blends a contemporary cubist style and pop art commercial appeal. Themes of this contemporary artist's work include animals, flowers, still life, and people in joyful…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Artists, Middle School Students
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2012
In this article, the author describes how her students made pendant necklaces. This project is simple to make but sophisticated in appearance.
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Middle School Students, Handicrafts
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2012
It is no secret that America is overweight. A record number of children are obese and are showing signs of adult diseases such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, people are recognizing this and beginning to do something about it: (1) restaurants and markets are offering healthier options; (2) menus are starting to list…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Middle School Students, Grade 8
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2011
In this article, the author describes a cultural collage painting project. Three things served as the impetus for this project: (1) a desire for students to explore the theme of "culture"; (2) an appreciation for the photo-montaged, layered images one sees in print media; and (3) noticing that projects from core subject areas hanging on the walls…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Culture, Painting (Visual Arts)
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2011
Listening to people complain about the hardships of winter and the dreariness of the nearly constant gray sky prompted the author to help her sixth graders recognize and appreciate the beauty that surrounds them for nearly five months of the year in western New York. The author opines that if students could see things more artistically, the winter…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Painting (Visual Arts), Grade 6
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2009
A major construction project at a school necessitated the reorganization of nearly the entire building at the end of the school year, a time when teachers are already busy with final exams, grading, and cleaning. To ease the burden for teachers moving to their new rooms and to provide a bit of fun, a school-wide garage sale was held. Unneeded…
Descriptors: Art Activities, Studio Art, Sculpture, Geometric Concepts
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2009
While an empty cardboard box from a ream of copy paper may be the most coveted box among teachers in the author's school, for other people, brass boxes from India, Khokhlova lacquer boxes from Russia, and puzzle boxes from Japan are more the type that are collected and admired. Whether it is used for storage or decoration, a box can evoke a sense…
Descriptors: Design Crafts, Art Activities, Studio Art, Grade 7
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Coy, Mary – SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, 2009
As part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC), the author is asked to focus on the four essential questions of learning when developing projects: (1) What is it teachers want their students to learn?; (2) How will teachers know if each student has learned it?; (3) How will teachers respond when some students do not learn it?; and (4) How can…
Descriptors: Ceramics, Studio Art, Art Activities, Middle School Students