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Time Line: A Historical Look at Art Concepts.


The past few years has been a remarkable explosion of high-quality class-room-oriented art reproductions and other art history resource materials. The items reviewed below represent some recently received.

A Line of Time

Imprinted upon ten sheets of glossy heavy-duty paper is a series of images, blocks of headlined text and fifteen horizontal color bands which present an impression of the history of art. These sheets are designed to do exactly what the title of the program, Time Line: A Historical Look at Art Concepts, suggests. The color bands suggest that viewers relate to the illustrations in formal ways--shape, space, value, proportion, perspective, light and shadow, contour lines, texture, etc.--as they move them across a span of time dating from 3200 BC to the present. The illustrations are essentially line drawings or black-and-white reproductions of works of art that correspond to the evolution of Western civilization with an occasional injection of what is characterized as non-Western art. Each image is accompanied with a block of text that intends to focus the viewer on a particular aspect of the artwork represented--Egyptian Texture, Contour Lines in Clothes, Flat Depth and so on. Most of the illustrations represent artworks and are intended only as a pictorial reference of the original. (Reproductions of the actual works of art are available through Shorewood Fine Art Reproductions, Inc.) Most of the pictures are simplified facsimiles of the actual works, and they do not represent a comprehensive record--rather they attempt to suggest the historical scope and sequence of the artistic development of the world.

Overall, this set of poster-like "time frames" could be most provocative and represent a good resource for any classroom. The presentation is reasonably accurate, though limited to a formalist view of art history. The illustrations, essentially masterworks of art, are well handled. This time line is well worth considering as a visual resource. More information and/or orders can be sent to: Gibbs Smith, Publisher, P.O. Box 667, Layton, Utah 84041 (801) 544-9800.

Guiding Art Prints

As fine art reproductions crowd the counters, shelves and cabinets of those who are seeking assistance in their teaching and those who produce stuff to do just that, one becomes conscious, not only of the quality of such items, but also their cost. Both of these factors are well met in the series of quality full-color art prints offered at a low cost from Art Education, Inc., 28 E. Erie Street, Blauvelt, NY 10913 (800) 745-3094. These art prints, measuring 28 x 22", are produced on quality paper, and are well suited for lamination or mounting. They cover a wide range of exemplars and represent Mexican-American, African-American, Native-American and Asian artists of both genders. Subject matter is quite varied with particular interest centering upon images of architectural works. Accompanying each print is a guide which contains extensive information about the work reproduced and ways to consider it in curricular contexts. These low-cost, high-fidelity, large-size art prints, with their accompanying guides, are well worth a look and provide a lot for your money!

Museographs--Art by the Month

Museographs is a monthly publication designed to provide art educators at all levels of instruction with a broad base of information about art periods, styles, forms and issues in a manner that has both subject matter depth and provocative visual support materials. Ten times a year, subscribers receive a four- to six-page illustrated newsletter printed on heavy, coated stock. The newsletter is hole-punched, making it ready for inclusion in a three-ring binder. Each newsletter has a specific focus, e.g. American Indian, Contemporary African-American Folk Art, Mexican Painting, and is accompanied by six or seven laminated full-color reproductions that are consistent with the newsletter theme.

This is a most interesting service in both concept and content. The quality of writing in the newsletter is excellent, well-researched and very readable; it would make an excellent handout for students at the secondary level and above. The quality of the reproductions calls for special commendation--they are simply beautiful and user-friendly. On the back of each is information about the object featured in the reproduction. The Basic Subscription is available for $149 per year. A Classroom Sets Subscription includes sets of twenty reproductions, not laminated, for classroom use. To order or for further information, write or call: Museographs, 3043 Moore Avenue, Lawrenceville, GA 30244 (404) 979-9618.

Portfolio Prints

Crystal Productions continues to develop high-quality 12 x 16" art prints, grouped according to theme, and held in a strong plastic portfolio. Printed on heavy paper, these portfolios are easily transported, tolerate a lot of use and contain unique images from a wide range of cultures and times. Their most recent production, Ceramic Prints, provides a diverse selection of ceramic styles and techniques which can be displayed to motivate students, or be used as a reference to different directions in clay. They are ideal for art classes at all levels of instruction as well as social studies courses. They range from ancient to contemporary and functional to sculpture and include reproductions of a T'ang Dynasty camel, a Mimbres bowl, a contemporary bottle with stopper and feature such artists as Voulkos, Soldner and Plummer. Another recent portfolio prints release is Folk Art Prints. Like the portfolio on ceramics, this set includes an interesting selection of colorful artworks representing diverse cultures. Some examples are: A Mexican Pueblo scene, Native-American Anasazi jars, a Peruvian engraved gourd and paintings by Grandma Moses and Horace Pippin.

Each portfolio contains twelve art prints and can be ordered for $29.95 from Crystal Productions, 1812 Johns Drive, P. O. Box 2159, Glenview, IL 60025 (708) 657-8144. These portfolios are a very good buy and have great utility in the classroom.
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Date:Feb 1, 1993
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