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I did a summer school session with a friend of mine and we team taught a
group of student we called the Art Honors program. This class was limited to
30 students from all over our district. After the first year we had to have
portfolio reviews and this became a place for all the elite students to meet.
It was thru this class that we experimented with innovative projects and
experimental things that tested these students. They in turn helped us
develop projects that we do in our classes today. Sadly we had to stop
because they would not let classes be held in summer school that were
enrichment but only remedial. It has been 10 years now.
We had a 4 hour block of time and we had 2 projects going and a doodle page
and a sketchbook assignment going. This was good because they would work on
one thing for 2 hours, and then after the break they would work on the other.
Every morning they would work on their doodle. This doodle was a watercolor
mono-print and then inked into to find things and make shapes or? The doodle
was done during the first 10-15 min. of class while we got materials out and
demonstrations ready. By the end of the summer these were very interesting
and we matted many of them as a finished product.
The kids that did this summer session were always the most turned on during
the regular sessions and many teachers would ask us "What did you do to
Bobby/Jane, I can't seem to stop them they are so energized." They liked the
class because it was concentrated, fun, challenging, and they were able to be
singled out as the best in the schools. This is just my experience with
San Jose CA
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