SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

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Instructional Resources nancy Walkup Clay Connections. Craig Hinshaw. Poodles Press, 2008. Softcover, 99 pp., $19.95. As an elementary teacher who uses clay as much as possible in my classroom, it is easy to recognize the dedication and devotion Craig Hinshaw has both for teaching clay and for his students. Developed over twenty years of teaching, Clay Connections is impressive in scope and clarity of instruction. This comprehensive guide includes interdisciplinary and seasonal lessons, ceramic mural projects, and detailed information about working with clay. Each lesson has photographs of student work, a lesson introduction, a materials lists, and procedures detailed in illustrations or photographs. The lessons are based on engaging ideas for elementary students and are designed with success built in for every child. Every elementary art teacher should have this book! —Nancy Walkup is an art teacher at W.S. Ryan Elementary School in Denton, Texas, and editor of SchoolArts. Web Reviews Rebecca Arkenberg Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Educators Online educators.mfa.org/home The Museum of Fine Arts' education site has launched "Educators Online," A Texas potter makes 1,300 pound quilts with her Paragon Dragon Earline Green's clay quilts in the Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Library in Dallas, Texas. As a child, Earline Green Earline Green with her Paragon Dragon made hand-stitched quilts with her grandfront-loading kiln. This kiln is becoming a mother Mama Freddie. Earline spent more favorite with teachers. It is easy to load and easy on the back. time quilting with the older ladies than she did playing with children her own age. Her early experiences with the lively quilters taught her a at a time. I expected and relife-long love of artwork. ceived excellent results with Earline's other grandmother, Mama Gin- each firing." ger, taught her advanced quilting patterns. If you need a kiln that is Later this influenced the design of Earline's easy on the back, consider stoneware quilt tile mosaics displayed in the the Paragon Dragon. ConPaul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Li- tact us today for more inforbrary in Dallas, Texas. For that project, mation on this exciting kiln. Earline fired 284 white stoneware tiles—all in her faithful Paragon Dragon. "The Dragon's design and controls are perfect for firing large flat pieces," said Earline. Better 2011 South Town East Blvd., "The digital programming controls provide a Designed Mesquite, Texas 75149-1122 Kilns consistent firing environment that eliminated 800-876-4328 / 972-288-7557 cracks and warpage in this project. Toll Free Fax 888-222-6450 "During tile production, I fired my Dragon www.paragonweb.com two or three times a week for four to six weeks info@paragonweb.com Circle No. 141 on Reader's Service Card a new tool that allows teachers to create custom art galleries and share them with their students. Students also may use the site to create presentations. To get started, watch the short demo video (Adobe Flash Player required) and visit galleries created by teachers and museum staff. A search option allows you to find galleries that relate to particular grade levels or subjects. Registration is required to create your own gallery, and you must provide the site with a name and contact information, e-mail address, and a password. After logging in, you can begin to gather images by searching the MFA image database by keyword, artwork, media type, or object. Selected images can be moved to your gallery where they will appear as thumbnails. You can create a twoartwork slide for comparison purposes, a text-only slide (twenty-fiveword limit), or add questions or text to your slides. Click on "browse" to add your own images, PowerPoint presentation, or pdf file (maximum ten document files and maximum 10MB per file). Your gallery automatically will be saved, and you can continue to work on it, adding lesson plans, multimedia files, and images as desired. When you are finished, you may preview your slide show. The text you have added appears under two tabs, "Author's Text" and "Educator Description." "Artwork Info" automatically provides the label information for each image. The slide show allows you to enlarge an image or zoom in on its details. You can "Make it Public" by adding it to the resources on the site, and tag it with a particular grade or subject to make it easy for others to find. Technical support is provided, making this a very userfriendly resource. — Rebecca Arkenberg is a museum consultant from Stratford, Connecticut. schoolartsonline.com 59

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