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Visual Arts & Theatre

This guide contains teaching resources focused on art and theatre

Featured Books from Your ATA Library

Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics

Teaching Acting with Practical Aesthetics uses constructivist pedagogy to teach acting via Practical Aesthetics, a system of actor training created in the mid-1980s by David Mamet. It includes lesson plans, compatible voice and movement exercises, constructivist teaching materials, classroom handouts, and a suggested calendar for Acting courses.

Puppetry in Theatre and Arts Education

Packed with practical, illustrated exercises using materials and technology readily available to teachers, Puppetry in Theatre and Arts Education shows you how the craft can enliven and enrich any classroom environment, and offers helpful links between puppetry, the curriculum and other aspects of education. Informed by developments in assessments and cognitive research, this book features approachable puppetry activities, educational strategies and lesson plans for teachers that expand any syllabus and unlock new methods of learning.

If You Can Cut, You Can Collage

Even if you don't consider yourself an artist, If you Can Cut, You Can Collage takes the mystery out of this timeless art form through fun, easy, illustrated techniques.

The New Art and Science of Teaching Art and Music

This research-based book for art and music teachers outlines music- and arts-based teaching strategies to enhance your daily practice and promote the artistic expression, creative growth, and critical thinking skills of every student. Use this art and music education book to establish effective teaching strategies that inspire creative and technical skills.

Painting for Performance

Painting for Performance removes the mystery from painting and gives beginners the terms, tools, and techniques to approach their unpainted set with confidence. Covering the mechanics of paint and its many implementations in set design, this book provides simple and effective step-by-step instructions for painting a variety of surfaces to look great on stage.

How to Draw Cool Stuff

Inside you will find simple illustrations that cover the necessities of drawing cool stuff. Specific exercises are provided that offer step-by-step guidelines for drawing a variety of subjects. Each lesson starts with an easy-to-draw shape that will become the basic structure of the drawing. From there, each step adds elements to that structure, allowing the artist to build on their creation and make a more detailed image.

Drama Games for Kids

Looking for refreshing, contemporary drama games that your kids and teens will absolutely love? Look no further. This brand new resource packed with 111 theatre activities that will spark life into your drama class....guaranteed! T

Teaching Musical Theatre: the Essential Handbook

This new resource packed with 16 ready-to-go lesson plans that will turn your young performers into musical theatre triple-threats.

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