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Editor's note.

Come with us as we venture into the third dimension. Explore the creative joy and discovery found in all forms of sculpture. A good place to begin the journey is "Self-Portrait Sculpture" (page 22). Here, eighth-grade students explore issues of personal identity as they create representations of themselves engaged in an activity that they enjoy. The appetizing artworks seen in "Just Desserts" (page 24) reveals the ingenuity of middle-schoolers when they are challenged to create highly realistic goodies that make mouths water and stomachs growl. Planning, strategy and problem-solving are some of the skills that were applied as these sculptural dessert chefs worked their magic in the art room.

Art history and appreciation gets a turn in "Going for the Bronze: A Study of Frederic Remington's Sculptures" (page 26). The significance of this important artist is explored and studied, then primary-level students create their own "bronze" horse relief sculptures using air-drying modeling materials. "Boxing Up a Mini Herd: Art Put to Pasture" (page 38) is another fun piece that utilizes a very familiar cast-off item: computer boxes. Among the educational and creative delights this feature offers is this: Never let your imagination sleep ... creative ideas and opportunities abound in the mundane, everyday objects that surround us.

In "Moving Along: Sporting Clay" (page 40), portrayals of windsurfing, motorcycling, snowboarding and surfing serve as evidence that young artists love the outdoors and working in three dimensions. And, "Matisse Magic" (page 42) is a wonderful way to introduce K/1 students to Matisse, color mixing and rudimentary sculptural techniques.

There is much more to be found in this issue, but I will let you discover those treasures on your own. Read on, be inspired, then share it all with your students. Be the inspiring art mentor in their lives that you are meant to be.

Finally, I want to call your attention to our Cover Story, "Teaching Art with Art: Exotic Decoration" (page 28). Author Guy Hubbard explores several pieces of art as he shares with us the rich history of embellishment in art. Especially interesting to youngsters should be Alfonso Ossorio's "Thee And Thy Shadow," which is featured on the cover. The colors and multitude of objects intrigue and inspire. For those who are interested in learning more about our cover artist, "Alfonso Ossorio: Horror Vacui," a survey exhibition of Ossorio's long and productive career, will be on view simultaneously at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York City, May 9-July 29, 2002 and at the Ossorio Foundation in Southampton, N.Y., May 30-Sept. 1, 2002. The Gallery will exhibit small- and midsize-scale works, and the. Foundation will exhibit monumental works. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with essays by Mike Solomon, Director of Ossorio Foundation and Helen Harrison, Director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Also on view this summer will be "Alfonso Ossorio: Costume Designs from the 1930s and 1940s for Ballet and Greek Tragedies," which will be at the Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, June through August. Take time to learn more about Alfonso Ossorio, his work, and the Ossorio Foundation, at www.ossorio.org.

Maryellen Bridge, Editor in Chief
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