SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2013

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resourCe CeNTer Book and Website Reviews Children's Book Briefs Photography for Teens series. Jason Skog. Mankato, MN: Compass Point Books, 2012. Illus., softcover, 48 pp. each, $7.95 each. In this terrific series, students learn the techniques of digital photography while being inspired by dramatic examples. Straightforward and readable language, expressive illustrations and charts, and practical advice help young photographers focus on how to take great photographs without getting bogged down in technical details. These useful, engaging, and inspiring books are recommended for middleand high-school students. Reviewed by Sharon Warwick, an art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas. reproducible student question sheet, a teacher answer sheet, as well as suggested follow-up activities. The exercises are meant to encourage students to observe the artwork, respond to questions about it, then interpret the work with activities that reinforce the information and ideas presented by the chosen style. These activities are good starting points for building a curriculum and lesson planning. The book is designed to correlate with Crystal Productions' DVD series Learn Art Styles with Lisa, as well as with corresponding posters and display cards, but other resources may also be used. This is a good tool for art educators at a middle- or high-school level, and can help them introduce their students to historical artistic styles, giving them new ideas and a better understanding of the art world. Reviewed by Shantelle Kotowich, a senior art education student at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Web reviews Bookmarks The Segesser Hides Strategies for Learning Art Styles: From Prehistoric to the Present. Crystal Productions, Ed. Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions, 2012. Softcover, 72 pp., $14.95. This is an easy-to-use book for teaching students about artistic styles throughout time. Each spread covers a different topic and features a 46 May/June 2013 SchoolArts The Segesser Hides in the collection of the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe have a rich and convoluted history. Named for the Jesuit priest who acquired them, the hides were painted prior to 1758 when Segesser sent them to family in Switzerland. The Palace of the Governors purchased them from the descendants in 1988. Bison hides were carefully stitched together to form two panels, altogether about 137 square feet. The surfaces were smoothed and painted with a variety of earth pigments and indigo. Large floral and leaf borders frame the edges, perhaps in imitation of contemporary European woven tapestries, and the central panels depict battles that occurred in the early eighteenthcentury colonies. An online feature provides an introduction to the amazing story of the hides, their creation, subsequent travels, and scholarly research, extending to the identification of some of the battle participants, who were ancestors of present-day New Mexicans. Details of clothing, weaponry, ethnography, animals, plants, terrain, and alliances between different peoples can be explored by zooming in or out. Segesser I depicts a battle between two Native American groups; the attackers armed with Spanish gear and on horseback, the defenders on foot with bows and arrows. Another group that could be captives watches from an enclosure. The actual skirmish has not been identified; however, a large piece of hide that might provide more clues to the event is missing. Segesser II illustrates a disastrous 1720 route of Spanish troops and their allies in present-day Nebraska. The Segesser Hides are absolutely unique and have been compared to the Bayeux Tapestry in their wealth of detail and their historical significance. Reviewed by Rebecca Arkenberg, a museum consultant from Stratford, Connecticut.

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