Amy: Just to add my voice in the discussion about art magazines, I think
the individual who suggested you go to the library first and look at the
magazines themselves gave you the best advice. Art & Activities and School
Arts are the two art education magazines that offer the best possibilities
for a beginning teacher. Since I strongly support art programs that include
all the four disciplines of criticism, aesthetics, history and studio, I
myself prefer School Arts, as their articles mainly present this approach.
School Arts also has a very good print in the middle of the magazine with
strong supporting information included for the teacher. School Arts also
has a feature called "Gallery Cards" which present four small reproductions
centered around a particular topic and provide classroom discussion
questions and suggestions for the teacher as well.
Arts & Activities, as someone else has pointed out, seems to be
more studio-oriented and frequently does not seem to include the other
disciplines in the lessons presented. Therefore, I find less relevance in
I also would second the advice of those who suggest you look into
the NAEA. Their quarterly journal, which is a benefit of membership in
NAEA, has articles relating to current issues in the field of art
education. Also in the center of the magazine is a wonderful resource for
the art teacher in the form of 4 works of art reproduced which relate to a
specific topic and wonderful supporting materials for the teacher. By all
means, check the above 3 magazines out at the library and see which one or
ones best fill your needs. Have fun!
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education