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Balsley, Jessica – Arts & Activities, 2012
Art educators consistently strive to coach and model good craftsmanship to their students. Sure, teachers can check to ensure students are understanding the art concepts, test them on the vocabulary or even assess students on their color mixing strategies. If these art standards are performed in a sloppy manner (i.e.: lacking craftsmanship),…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Teaching Methods, Art Products
Snyder, Jennifer – Arts & Activities, 2012
Students often have a hard time equating time spent on art history as time well spent in the art room. Likewise, art teachers struggle with how to keep interest in their classrooms high when the subject turns to history. Some teachers show endless videos, with the students nodding sleepily along to the narrator. Others try to incorporate small…
Descriptors: Art History, Studio Art, Art Activities, Sculpture
Balsley, Jessica – Arts & Activities, 2012
All teachers are leaders, and each person can define what leadership looks like to them. Teachers must take a leadership stance to grow professionally. Leadership does not have to mean late-night meetings or hours on a tedious committee. This article provides a list that will help teachers brainstorm ways to take themselves to the next level in…
Descriptors: Art Education, Teacher Leadership, Art Teachers
Gamble, David L. – Arts & Activities, 2012
Masks can represent so many things, such as emotions (happy, sad, fearful) and power. The familiar "comedy and tragedy" masks, derived from ancient Greek theater, are just one example from mask history. Death masks from the ancient Egyptians influenced the ancient Romans into creating similar masks for their departed. Masks can represent many…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Ceramics, Culture
Balsley, Jessica – Arts & Activities, 2011
Educators may start off a school year with the best of intentions for staying organized, but by about November, they quickly find their systems, energy and motivation starts to dwindle. By March, they can't even see their desk, and have hundreds of e-mails in their inboxes. Incorporating a few organizational strategies at the beginning of the…
Descriptors: Art Teachers, Organization, Classroom Techniques, Electronic Mail
Balsley, Jessica – Arts & Activities, 2011
When teachers think of the word "assessment," most often they think of a traditional summative assessment, which gives the teacher an overall view of what the student has learned at the end of a lesson or unit of study. Usually these summative assessments only give students one chance to show their knowledge or skill. Formative assessments are…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, Studio Art
Balsley, Jessica – Arts & Activities, 2011
The relationship between art teachers and students' families is a complex one. Because they typically see a large volume of students in a short amount of time, art teachers are rarely the first line of communication when it comes to connecting with families on a regular basis. Most often, communication only occurs when the teacher has great news…
Descriptors: Art Teachers, Parent School Relationship, Communication Strategies, Interpersonal Communication
Fritsche, Susan – Arts & Activities, 2011
Both Greeks and Romans placed the building of temples and sanctuaries high on their list of architectural priorities, as these structures were a source of public pride. The temples were built as shrines for the all-important gods and goddesses of the ancient world. The Parthenon is a great example of this. The frieze on the Parthenon shows scenes…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Art History, Grade 4
Cunningham, Kathy – Arts & Activities, 2011
What if we hosted a banquet for famous artists and they came dressed in their own work? With this idea in mind, the author gathered materials on different artists from books, magazines, and the Internet. To simplify things somewhat, she only used artists from the mid-1800s to the present. The sixth graders made the artists' masks, placemats, and…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Artists, Art History, Art Activities
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
Creativity--where does it come from? When nurturing creativity, it is necessary to have an open mind. By nurturing a creative mind, one finds that artists' ideas flow freely, so students need to look deeper into the artworks, the artists' lives, and what was behind the inspiration for the work. Imagining themselves as one of the artists they have…
Descriptors: Creativity, Artists, Art History, Studio Art
Barlett, April – Arts & Activities, 2011
Jim Dine was born in 1935 in Cincinnati. He earned a BFA from Ohio University in 1957 and then moved to New York in 1959, where he fell in with a group of artists that included Claes Oldenburg. Dine is best known as a Pop innovator, whose paintings, sculptures, and prints were layered with everyday objects, including ties, tools, and even a…
Descriptors: Artists, Art Activities, Studio Art, Repetition
Cahn, Jeanne – Arts & Activities, 2011
For several years, the author has taught a six-week ceramics course to students in grades six through eight. This is an elective class, so only interested and passionate students sign up. In past years, she has given three different assignments using slab, coil, and pinch construction techniques, which allowed for individual creative expression.…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Ceramics, Grade 6
Pedro, Cathy – Arts & Activities, 2011
In this article, the author describes a project designed for fourth-graders that involves making clay relief sculptures of houses. Knowing the clay houses will become a family heirloom makes this lesson even more worth the time. It takes three classes to plan and form the clay, and another two to underglaze and glaze the final products.
Descriptors: Sculpture, Grade 4, Studio Art, Art Activities
Kernan, Christine – Arts & Activities, 2011
For this author, one of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching elementary art is the willingness of students to embrace the different styles of art introduced to them. In this article, she describes a project that allows upper-elementary students to learn about abstract art and the lives of some of the master abstract artists, implement the idea…
Descriptors: Studio Art, Art Activities, Elementary School Students, Ceramics
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