SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2013

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reSource cenTer Book and Website Reviews children's Book Briefs Look At Me! The Art of the Portrait for Children. Claudia Strand. New York, NY: Prestel, 2012. Illus., hardcover, 96 pp., 14.95. An engaging and interactive journey into the hidden symbolism of portraits. The reader becomes a "picture detective," investigating portraits with hands-on art activities, trivia questions, and useful technical tips. Confidence-building ideas range from making Nefertiti masks and Manet inspired bubbles, to the creation of Arnulf Rainer photo-booth paintings and soapstone talismans. Suggestions such as "dress up your friends like Grant Wood's characters" encourage a playful approach to art history. This is a fun resource for elementary and middle-school students and teachers. There are plenty of ideas for short- and long-term projects, or as motivators leading into larger projects. Reviewed by Kate Wentworth, an art teacher at Shanghai American School in China. room. Johanna Riddle. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers, 2009. Softcover, 168 pp., $18.00. Today's students live in a world filled with visual stimulation and constant communication, and most students have immediate access to a panoply of devices. Students today need to be literate in both print and digital media. This book provides a practical resource for teachers wanting to update their curriculum, suggesting that the definition of literacy be broadened to include the many different ways students receive and express information. The examples provided demonstrate how multiple literacies can be combined to improve critical thinking and communication skills. The activities engage technology in a variety of ways so that all teachers can be successful. While the examples provided are geared towards the K–5 school, the concepts can be applied at any level, making this book is an excellent resource for any teacher wanting to find new ways to engage twenty-firstcentury learners. Reviewed by Jennifer Hartman, a graduate student at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Web reviews Bookmarks Math Monday momath.org/mathmonday Engaging the Eye Generation: Visual Literacy Strategies for the K–5 Class- 42 November 2013 SchoolArts The Museum of Mathematics opened in New York City in the fall of 2012, but its "Math Monday" feature, in partnership with "Make Online," has had an online presence since 2009. Exploring "fun, experiential, and puzzling topics in mathematics," it's no surprise that many of these activities relate to the visual arts—emphasizing exploration and creativity, the results often are stunningly beautiful. Here are a few examples (the date of each lesson is in parentheses): Sonobe modular origami units (March 25, 2013) are parallelograms with two pockets. Make a number of them, then start tucking the corner of one unit into the pocket of another unit. You can construct all sorts of three-dimensional mathematical forms. Vary the symmetry and use colored papers (April 1, 2013). Mathematical Quilting (January 23, 2012) and Quilted Spheres (February 28, 2011) are examples of geometry applied to textile arts. Dodecahedrons can be knitted or crocheted (June 20, 2011); clothing can be constructed from modules (March 14, 2011). The work of contemporary artists often is spotlighted in these weekly segments, with a variety of techniques and materials, including lathe work, beads, fabric, found objects, even earthworks, as in Simon Beck's stomped-out geometrical patterns in the snow (April 9, 2012). Not surprisingly, the work of M. C. Escher appears (May 9, 2011). A template designed by Bryan Peele can be printed on an 8½ x 11" (22 x 28 cm) sheet of paper; cut and fold it to make a threedimensional representation of Escher's lithograph Relativity—no glue or tape needed. Most of these projects involve readily available materials, including stirring sticks, drinking straws, brads, paper clips, and other office supplies. Puzzles, games, and kites make an appearance, and many of the activities are collaborative projects. Reviewed by Rebecca Arkenberg, a museum consultant from Stratford, Connecticut.

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