SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2012

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rESoUrCE CENTEr Books, posters, and Websites Children's Book Briefs Sharon Warwick My Colors, My World/Mis colores, mi mundo. Maya Christina Gonzalez. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press, 2007. Illus., hardcover, 24 pp., $16.95. Maya lives in the desert where everything is covered with brown dust when the wind blows. She longs for colors of hot pink,s juicy greens, and vibrant purples like the sunset and cactus. A charming bird friend assists Maya in her search for color, and young readers will be inspired to search for brilliant colors in their world, too. This charming tale will entertain very young children with bold colors and delightful illustrations. Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist. Ruth Spiro, illustrated by Thor Wickstrom. New York, NY: Dutton Children's Books, 2008. Illus., hardcover, 32 pp., $16.99. Lester Fizz is a member of a family of artists, but he feels like he doesn't fit in until he finds that he has a talent for using an unusual medium: bubble gum. The story is filled with plays on words, cheeky humor, and wonderful 38 november 2012 SchoolArts synergy between words and pictures. This book is as much about art and art history as it is a human interest story about Lester's journey to fit into his own family. All of Lester's family members and friends are based on artists throughout history. One can find references to Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, Dorothea Lange, and many others. This is a charming and delightfully funny book for young readers, their parents, and teachers. Sharon Warwick is an art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas. Sharon Warwick is an art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas. Why We Teach Art Display Cards. Bookmarks Sharon Warwick The Artist's Guide to Drawing the Clothed Figure. Michael Massen. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2011. Illus., hardcover, 224 pp., $35.00. This text presents a novel and comprehensive approach to the mechanical principles behind the formation of folds, techniques for showing the affects of motion on wrinkles and folds, as well as rendering techniques for both sculpted and loose drapery and cloth. Massen breaks down all clothing into three types: sculpted forms, loose drapery, and tubes. He uses works by artists, cartoonists, illustrators, and fashion illustrators to make the point of each technique. This is one of the best books on the market that provides methods of showing the relationship of fabric to form. It is a must-have for drawing and painting teachers from middle school through college. Instructional resources Emily Johnson Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions. $15.95 for a set of 16. Crystal Productions' Why We Teach Art display cards are a colorful and profound way to remind the learning community of the significance of the visual arts. With quotes such as, "The arts bring beauty and wonder into our lives," and "The arts challenge us to think in innovative ways," these display cards effectively evoke the passion that the arts inject into daily studies. Hung on the artroom wall, art teachers will find this set of sixteen study cards inspirational. Displayed in a counselor's office, the cards encourage students to think about the arts as a career. When placed in public areas, the cards act as a reminder to school administrators and visitors about the intrinsic power and value of the arts in the day-to-day lives of students. Each colorful Why We Teach Art display card measures 18 x 6" (46 x 15 cm), has a protective coating to guard against fading, and is printed on durable card stock. The set comes packaged in a heavy, resealable plastic bag that can be used for storage or transporting. Why We Teach Art display cards are designed to inspire and motivate for years to come. Emily Johnson is an art education student at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Continued on page 44.

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