SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2013

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much better than all of these things combined! The book is sorted into five chapters: "Disappeared," "Transformed," "Destroyed," "Hidden," and "Stolen" art. Some of the most interesting pieces of art fall under the "Transformed" chapter, such as the unintentional environmental transformation of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty or Fritz Koenig's Sphere, which survived the September 11 attacks. The "Destroyed" chapter will make any art lover sad, and it will come as no surprise that the greatest amount of destroyed artwork was perpetrated by the Nazis during Word War II. I shared this book with my husband, who teaches economics and social studies. He summed it up perfectly by saying, "I feel like I'm in an Indiana Jones adventure." Grab your hat and whip and get ready for a fantastic artistic and intellectual journey through many centuries and media— all under the guise of a beautiful hardbound coffee table book. Reviewed by Kate Wentworth, an art teacher at Shanghai American School in China. Web reviews African Cosmos africa.si.edu/exhibits/cosmos/intro. html The sky has fascinated and inspired people since ancient times. The 2012 exhibition, African Cosmos: Stellar Arts at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art explores the history and science of astronomy in Africa, through works of art created in response to observation of the sun, moon, and stars. Clay Tools & Reference Materials The site is divided into two sections: Exhibit and Education. Exhibit presents the artworks thematically. In the introduction, a 7,000-year-old calendar circle from Nabta Playa, a sky map from Timbuktu, a NASA photograph, and an observatory built in 1820 in Cape Town show the scope of the exhibition. Ancient Skywatchers and Celestial Deities in the Time of the Pharaohs spotlight works of art from ancient Egypt. Cosmic Connectors explores creation myths, illustrated by artworks from the Dogon people of Mali. Depictions of the sun, universe, moon, and stars are illustrated in art from around Africa, from early times to modern, including sculpture, masks, objects, textiles, paintings, and film. The Education section is aimed primarily at the science classroom, but there are useful materials for the art curriculum. ARTLab+ Interviews features a video interview with South African artist Willem Boshoff, but does not show any of his work; more information can be found at africa. si.edu/exhibits/textures/artist-boshoff. html. A downloadable Family Guide draws connections between artists New Book Figure Sculpting by Philippe & Charisse Faraut $54.95 + Shipping PCF Studios.com PO Box 722 Honeoye, NY 14471 585-229-2976 www.pcfstudios.com and scientists, emphasizing curiosity and creativity. The Astronomic Arts Teacher Lesson Plans are organized by grade: Pre-K–Kindergarten, grades 1–4, and grades 5–8. They are interdisciplinary, including science and astronomy, art, social studies, math, and language arts connections, with the middle grades containing the most art-related applications. Additional PDFs provide images in larger formats. A blog and Twitter feed can be explored for art-related content. For example, the Twitter site (twitter. com/africancosmos) contains links to additional videos and a photo contest. Reviewed by Rebecca Arkenberg, a museum consultant from Stratford, Connecticut. schoolartsonline.com 43

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