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hen our “It Works!” event was announced last May, responses started flowing in from around the country. From down South in Mississippi, up north in Vermont, across to the Pacific Northwest, and on down to California, it quickly became apparent that Arts & Activities magazine is accomplishing what it set out to do 80 years ago—help the nation’s art educators in the day-to-day business of making art experiences real and vital in the lives of students. North, South, East or West, Arts & Activities has worked for hundreds of thousands of educators and it will work for you, too. Following is a sampling of the responses we received. Access the original articles that inspired them—dating from 1983 to 2012—by going to www. artsandactivities.com and clicking on the icon on our home page. What a great way to celebrate our 80th Anniversary. Enjoy! — Maryellen Bridge, Editor and Publisher W Playing with Picasso s by Debra tampone, March 2008 ince I have a large print of The Three Musicians by Picasso in the hall outside my room, I thought this project would be a blast. To change up the lesson to suit my likes I gave the students freedom to choose any colors they wanted, as long as they had a lot of contrast and every color was applied with a graduation into another color. Encouraging them to use any colors they wanted opened up possibilities and learning moments. Some learned that red graduating to green results in mud in the middle. Red graduating to white creates a beautiful pink in the middle, etc. The kids were very pleased with their drawings and many of them said that it was the best art they ever did. People who don’t know how we did the project often ask how on earth did you get the kids to draw like that? Submitted by Pam Mikolajczyk, Holden (Massachusetts) Christian Academy Inside-Out Seascapes by Judy Kalil, June 2007 i knew immediately that my fifthgrade students would find the concept of this project intriguing. I adapted the lesson for my more advanced classes. Students chose an ocean animal and drew it on white tag board. They painted a beach scene inside the animal using a combination of tempera cakes and acr ylics. They used scrapbook and construction paper to create the ocean floor, adding details with construction paper crayons. They assembled their work on a large piece of blue construction paper. This project was one of the most successful projects that I’ve encountered. The students really become engaged when given the freedom to choose their ocean animal and the beach scene. No two projects were alike! Submitted by Amanda Koonlaba, Lawhon Elementary, Tupelo, Miss. 12 may 2013 • 80 years x www.ar tsandactivities.com