SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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Instructional Resources Pam Stephens K–5 Posters: Art Room Basics. Deanna Steiner. Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions. $14.95 for 4 posters. Artist-educator Deanna Steiner has captured the concepts of the K–5 artroom on four posters titled Art Room Basics. Included in the set of 13 x 18" (32.5 x 46 cm) posters are two rules posters and two encouragement posters. The safety rules poster inlcudes such directions as "be careful with tools" and "wait for instructions." The basic rules lists common directives like "listen carefully" and "use time wisely." The other two posters cheer on young artists by encouraging them to turn mistakes into opportunities. Designed with bright colors and large print, the posters can be easily seen from anywhere in the classroom. This high-quality product is recommended for elementary art classrooms. —Pam Stephens is associate professor of education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Web Reviews Rebecca Arkenberg SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS 2009 CREATIVE VACATION Studio art classes for students entering grades 4-12. A two-week program available in half or full days. July 6–17, 2009 SUMMER STUDIO IN ART AND DESIGN A four-week, pre-college program for students entering junior and senior years in high school. Study art in the unique atmosphere of a college for the visual arts. On-campus housing is available. July 20–August 15, 2009 MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN Professional and Continuing Education Ph: 617 879 7170 Fx: 617 879 7171 Email: k12@massart.edu MassArt.edu Easy T access from the E Train Green Line or the #39 Bus Circle No. 178 on Reader's Service Card Diego Rivera: Detroit Industry Murals Lesson Plans for Teachers www.dia.org/education/lesson_plans/ index.asp Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle is considered the finest example of Mexican muralism in the United States. Housed at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the murals transformed the museum's garden court into a series of large-scale images that represent the industries of the city of Detroit and 52 March 2009 SchoolArts the racially diverse work force that has shaped North American culture. Rivera's love of industrial design and opinions about the positive and negative contributions of industry to society are evident in the murals. Nine lesson plans contributed by museum staff and classroom teachers focus on social studies and art connections in the murals. The four social studies activities include "Many Cultures Name Pennants," "A Century at the Millenium Posters," "Cherishing Unity," and "Diego Rivera Timeline and Map." The five art activities are "Layers of Meaning Tile Mural Project," "Seeing and Believing Collages," "Interior Territory Prints," "Celebrating Diversity Figures," and "Collaborative Clay Machines." Each lesson plan is accompanied by a suggested grade level, assessments, objectives and standards, preparation and resources, and teacher comments. A bibliography is provided. — Rebecca Arkenberg is a museum consultant from Stratford, Connecticut.

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