My students are not natural born artists, but they are open to trying new projects and working hard to complete each one. I have them start with very simple directions, then add to it to achieve the desired look.
Sometimes it is a challenge for the kids to get over the thought, "I'm not a good artist." So when I have them do projects, we start with very basic skills and build on those skills to accomplish a complex project.
I like to base our projects in historic artifacts, so they get the knowledge of which culture had done something similar-then expand on it.
Scholastic Art Magazines are a wonderful addition to any art class! My classes are structured around making a lot of projects. Sometimes it is really nice to read about the significance of these art practices in relation to art history, without the intimidating huge Art History books (which I love).
History is way more interesting if you look at Art History!
Having beautiful sculptures or tragically graphic paintings will stick in student's brains way easier than reading facts and statistics. Art shows emotion, therefore having a human impact.
These magazines do a wonderful job of highlighting important movements in history.
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