SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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Continued from page 58. painting techniques describe how to create dynamic art out of ordinary objects. Throughout the thirty projects, Embry includes creative and easy-to-transfer patterns. Beginners can easily use Embry's patterns while more experienced artists can create their own designs. In addition to the step-by-step patterns, Embry provides helpful tips on food safety, material selection, and choosing paints. Of utmost importance are Embry's careful instructions for oven-heating or kiln use for each project. Intermediate and secondary art teachers will find this a helpful reference for lesson preparation. Students who are working independently will find the instructions and images straightforward and easy to use. ography. This set is a recommended resource for K–12 and post-secondary art classrooms or school libraries. —Reviewed by Julie B. Wells, a student teacher in the Flagstaff Unified School District, Arizona. Masks can disguise, transform, protect, decorate, and entertain. They also can be found in cultures all around the world, making them a staple of global studies classrooms. Another Face: Masks Around the World, which was created for a graduate thesis project at San Jose State University in 2000, thoroughly explores masks from a variety of locations and perspectives. Under "Masks," subheadings include "What will a mask do for you?" "What does a mask look like?" "Why wear a mask?" This section provides topics for classroom discussion. "Games" includes drawing a mask using simple color pencil tools, jigsaw puzzle games, a memory matching game, and a quiz. "Activities" tells how to make masks, including "Getting Started," "Procedures," "Tips and Advice," and lesson plans for maskmaking in a variety of easily obtainable materials—paper bags, cardboard, yarn, sunglasses, cartonnage, and papier-mâchè. "Images" includes thumbnails of masks from Africa, America, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, as well as modern masks and examples of student work submitted to the site. The thumbnails can be clicked for more information, and this enlarges them slightly. Instructional Resources Pam Stephens Know the Artist (Set 8) . Glenview, IL: Crystal Productions. $54 for eight posters. The Know the Artist series from Crystal Productions introduces students to master artists from various times and places. Included in the set are eight 18 x 24" (45 x 60 cm) fullcolor posters with pre-punched holes for hanging on the wall. A plastic storage bag safeguards the posters. Each poster in the set highlights one artist whose style is exemplified through key artworks. Each poster also contains a photograph of the artist, a brief biography, a paragraph describing the artist's style, and a timeline. A teacher resource guide is included with the poster set containing black-and-white reproductions of the posters, an expanded version of the posters' text, suggested classroom activities, a glossary, and bibli62 schoolartsonline.com —Pam Stephens is associate professor of education at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Web Reviews Rebecca Arkenberg Another Face: Masks Around the World gallery.sjsu.edu/masks/index.html Circle No. 192 on Reader's Service Card Circle No. 209 on Reader's Service Card Circle No. 110 on Reader's Service Card —Rebecca Arkenberg is a museum consultant from Stanford, Connecticut. Circle No. 271 on Reader's Service Card

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