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Editor's note.

Exotic art forms seldom fail to intrigue young people. Artistic motivation can come from all over the world and, this month, Arts & Activities helps you take your students on a bit of a tour. Youngsters become more involved in and aware of the world around them when they are engaged in meaningful creative activities that entice and challenge. When introducing youngsters to different cultures the goal is not for the students to copy, but to study the art, gain understanding, then blend what they've learned with their own artistic imagination and impulses. We share in this issue examples of how this can be done.

Experience the "Wonderful World of Art" by "traveling" to Australia ("Aboriginal Adventure," page 22), the Plains between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains ("Exploring American-Indian Art: Making a Parfleche," page 28), the Canyon de Chelly in Texas ("Cave Kids: Pecos-River Style Art," page 32), West Africa ("Mini Metal Masks,' page 41), and your own family tree ("The Geography of Us," page 30).

The appearance of snakes and snake-like forms in art is universal, as Guy Hubbard explains in his "Teaching Art with Art: Serpentine Solutions" (page 24). Here, we take a close look at art from Panama's San Blas Islands (a colorful mola), the African country of Guinea (wooden headdress), Ancient Greece (marble sculpture), and the United States (a painting by Thomas Hart Benton). The peoples of the world seem so different, yet when you pause to think about it, we are similar in so many ways.

In 1927, the temples of Angkor Wat (in modern-day Cambodia) inspired American artist Allan Clark to carve his own Art-Deco version of an "apsaras" dancer. This beautiful wooden sculpture, which blends East and West, is then used to inspire a variety of learning experiences in social studies, language arts, history and, of course, visual arts, in "Art Across the Curriculum: Myth, Meaning and Mystery" (page 34). Exotic art and cultures have much to teach us.

Children literally put themselves in the art-appreciation picture, in "Pixel Palette: Finding Your Place in Art History" (page 42). Becoming a participant in a great work of art is a cinch--with the help of today's technology. What a marvelous way to learn and explore!

Kids feel like real artists when their art is purchased by adults and the money goes to a good cause. How can this be done? Read "Community Connections: Organizing a Student Art Auction" (page 46) to find out. Here is a detailed description of how to plan such an event at your school. It's a lot of hard work, but the rewards are many--an increase in student pride is just one.

On page 52 you will find our 2003 Buyer's Guide. Here is where you will find the companies and services to help you bring these art experiences to life in your classroom. Whether you need art reproductions, crayons, paints or clay, the companies included in the Buyer's Guide are here to serve your art needs--no matter from which part of the world motivation comes!

Maryellen Bridge, Editor in Chief
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Publication:Arts & Activities
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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