SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2013

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Continued from page 46. motivation, and critical and creative thinking skills, it offers inspiration and guidance for educators looking to reanimate both their students and their classrooms, and insight into how children work with and think about art. Keep Inspiration Alive Win $500 from Comics Sketchbooks: The Private Worlds of Today's Most Creative Talents. Steven Heller. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2012. Illus., softcover, 352 pp., $44.95. This thick volume features raw work gleaned from the private sketchbooks of some of the most prolific comic artists across the world. Featuring artists from different countries, generations, and attitudes, the book reveals their distinctly different personalities and styles. While all of the featured artists work within the comic industry, they all have slightly different professions and tailor their sketches to their specific disciplines. Some artists are illustrators, while some are more fine-arts based. The featured artists are recognizable from everyday life; children's comics, Marvel comics, the Cartoon Network, newspapers, political satirists, and more. They are brave to offer public views of very rudimentary, unpolished work. From these primary drawings we can garner valuable insight into their artistic processes. For example, each artist offers a short commentary, giving tips and clues for future processes and ideas to try out. Their words and their drawings are valuable for teachers, artists, aspiring artists, and curious spectators everywhere. This book is highly recommended as a desk reference for art classrooms. Older students will especially benefit from the contents. This beautifully organized book offers funny, offbeat, contemporary, satirical, and stylized sketches in a variety of languages and diverse styles. This volume makes me want to open my own sketchbook and draw. Reviewed by Shantelle Kotowich, an art education student at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Send us your most inspired adaptation of a SchoolArts lesson for a chance to win a $500 gift certifcate from Nasco Arts & Crafts! Visit us on Facebook at SchoolArtsMagazine for rules and submission information. 48 March 2013 SchoolArts

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