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photo of the magazine cover showing a violin neck with a coat hanger on top of it
May–June 2013 cover
Editor Nancy Walkup
Managing Editor Hana Lasell
Art Director Julia McCandless
Frequency monthly during academic year
Circulation 20,000
Publisher Wyatt Wade
Founder Henry Turner Bailey
Year founded 1901
First issue September 1, 1901 (1901-09-01)
Company Davis Publications, Inc.
Country United States
Based in Worcester, MA
Language English
ISSN 0036-6463
OCLC number 656941362

SchoolArts is a peer-reviewed professional magazine devoted to art education. It is written by and for art teachers.


SchoolArts is self-described as "a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901".[1]

Publication history[edit]

SchoolArts magazine originated in 1901 in Massachusetts when Henry Turner Bailey[2] (state agent for the Promotion of Industrial Drawing), Fred Daniels (supervisor of drawing in the city of Worcester), James Hall (supervised drawing in Springfield), and Gilbert Gates Davis (a printer) collaborated to produce The Applied Arts Book, now known as SchoolArts. They believed art teachers needed a periodical to help them develop and use emerging art curricula. Ideas from many of the great minds of the twentieth century have appeared within the pages of SchoolArts, including Arthur Wesley Dow, Viktor Lowenfeld and John Dewey. SchoolArts articles planted some of the first seeds for movements such as Picture Study, the Arts and Crafts movement, and multiculturalism. SchoolArts grew and started publishing books. In 1958, Davis Publications was incorporated as a separate company that continued to publish SchoolArts. The publisher, Wyatt Wade, is married to Erika Davis Wade who is Gilbert Davis' great granddaughter. (Excerpted from “The Mission Continues” by Wyatt Wade, SchoolArts, September 2001, p 18).

21st century[edit]

The company is located in the Printer's Building in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Editor of SchoolArts, Nancy Walkup, is a full-time art teacher who lives and works in Denton, Texas.

SchoolArts is published nine times per year with an August–September issue to begin the traditional school year, them monthly from October through April and ending with the May–June issue, omitting July. As of the 2012-2013 scholastic year, circulation of the print edition of SchoolArts was about 20,000.[3] The publisher's media kit reports another 11,000 subscribers to the on-line digital edition.[4]

SchoolArts helped to establish a community of art teachers and its articles continue to inspire art teachers with new ideas, industry trends, lesson plans, and ready-to-use classroom resources. Each year the magazine features fine art from museums, contemporary works from PBS's series Art:21 Art In the twenty-first century, guides for new or pre-service art teachers, lessons for early childhood, elementary, middle and high school, online art resources, and techniques for working with special needs in the classroom.


  1. ^ "SchoolArts magazine". Davis Publications, Inc. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Henry Turner Bailey". The Independent. August 31, 1914. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "SchoolArts - Magazine Advertising Costs". Gaebler Ventures. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Media Kit". AchoolArts 2012-2013 Media Kit. Davis Publications. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 

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