I have had such a good response from this last unit of lessons that I must
share it with all of you! I had come upon a large bag of sub sandwich
carryout containers, (quite thick!,not gimpy stuff) and wanted to use them
for something in the art room.I designed a unit for the 4th grade about
Egyptian cartouches, opening with King Tut and history etc etc. We walked
through using rulers (4 x 7" rectangular) and spacing their English names
inside. Then used a chart for changing English to ancient Egyptian lettering.
They then drew the design into the styrofoam and we cast it in slip. (I want
to add here that we took an entire class period to MAKE slip. They LOVED it.
They UNDERSTOOD it sooooo much more.I had just had two grades doing a clay
unit and had a huge bag of pieces of clay) Anyhow, we cast them and then
removed and dulled the edges with tools, carved names on the back and are now
firing. I have wondered at letting them loose on colors, would like feed back
But so far, as planned, we will paint them gold and edge them in black. They
are sooooo beautiful. My fourth graders were, I dare to say, MOVED, by this
unit. What a strange experience! I have 4th grade teachers seeking me out to
find out WHY their students are suddently wanting to know more about Egypt.
Why, asks the librarian, do the 4th graders all want to check out the
Eyewitness books! Perhaps it was my love of the subject, as a first year
teacher I do not know. I do know one thing. I love to teach ART!