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Fun started activity followup: Anna


From: Trish Gorman (TrishGorman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Apr 10 2002 - 18:10:22 PDT

Hi Anna,
Well I did the musical chair drawing a week and a half ago (been busy since!).
A couple of days before, I was informed my principal was coming to observe me. I held this activity for that day. AAAHHHHGGGG!!
To warm up, I had the kids go to the Sanford Elements and Principles website (on Judy Decker's website) focusing on a bunch I'd pre-selected. They had to preview and answer questions, draw line examples.
The next day, they made solo line drawings incorporating all the lines (I had a photocopy with 13 or so), and considering the P's (movement, balance, etc). We taped a bunch up and compared and contrasted according to the E's & P's.
The next day--the principal day--we did the musical drawing. To review, I wrote the names of all the lines on the board. En mass, the students came up and drew examples of the lines. Then they had to explain what made each line (ex: curved, parallel, jagged, spiraling, etc). They were so good--and proud of their knowledge.
Then we had the musical drawing. I explained how it would work. Wonderfully, my principal has a good sense of humor, cause I talked him into going through the exercise with the kids. They RAN for the paper and charcoal/black crayon! I had 10 selections, varying from 15 seconds to one minute; classical, jazz, punk, monk's name it. They had so much fun! I had a blast watching how they responded physically to the music. They had to return to their seat for the last song, ensuring balance and unity in the work.
We then taped a bunch on the board and compared and contrasted. I didn't go for the hidden picture, but rather the variety and mix of lines and the E's and P's.
It was WONDERFUL! The principal LOVED it--he wants to come back! (I think I'll have him in for the color theory test with nilla wafers and food colored icing--haha!)
We've moved on to black and white paper line collage. We'll be going to color, and color collages next, CD covers after.
Thanks for such a GREAT lesson! What FUN!!
(PS--it took me 5 hrs to make the tape! I was a little sleep deprived, but revved on adrenalin!)

----- Original Message -----
From: Anna
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2002 9:56 AM
To: Trish Gorman
Subject: Re: Fun starter activity

Just a minute or so, or alittle shorter. You will want to stop more often than the songs change. Feel it out, I'm sure different groups will have different dynamics/responses and time needs. I would say it's probably better to start out shorter and make the intervals longer as you feel they can handle it.
I would go for about ten or fifteen minutes total time for music,drawing and changing etc.. Then you have plenty of time for discussion which really lends to the getting them comfotable with each other idea.
Let me know how it goes.
Trish Gorman wrote:
 Anna-These are perfect! I love the musical drawings! About how much time for each piece of music?Thanks so much!Trish
----- Original Message -----
From: Anna
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2002 9:06 PM
To: Trish Gorman
Subject: re: Fun starter activity
 Hi Trish,
Here are a few for tough crowds. Your basic goal is to get them to be
Have them all draw with their left hand first, simple stuff a square,
cirle, smiley face, then get harder...their name etc. ANy things you
want. And joke around with them. It is so silly at first! Model
first for them of course so they can laugh at you, then they are more
likey to laugh at themselves later. Or bring up a topic for discussion
see what opinions they have. THey wont suspect it, and they usually get
into it. Or feel how it goes, but try to just create a "we're all in it
together kind of feeling..."
Play musical drawings. Have a tape with short clips of different kinds
of music (this helps to keep their interest unstead of playing one
single song the entire time) Play it, and while your oplaying the music
they have to draw...anything they want or can (shapes, scribbles,
cartoons, anything they know/think of) I usually give an example using
lines and shapes touching each other doodle style. The most interesting
ones are often those type. When you stop the music, they have to stop
and move to the next desk (in a row/circle). COntinue this all the way
around. It's got to be fairly quick as a game.
THen analyze the drawings. What do they see? Visual prompt: If each
artwork were an island, what qualities would they have and why? Point
them out. A dock, A lot of people, action, or deserted or wild etc...
Give a compliment for another kid in the class just by looking at them.
Discuss what images tell us, using PEOPLE as the images. Could discuss
stereotypes here too. Let th e conversation go....
Hope something in here helps a little.
Good luck, let me know how it goes!