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Re: writing in the art room

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Apr 17 2002 - 05:23:00 PDT


I use writing as a tool in my curriulum, but it comes through in terms of the
students' analysis of his/her artwork, answering questions about readings I
ask them to do, For the little ones, even a sentence telling me about their
artwork. Sometimes I have the students write poetry to go with their
work....but I try to make the writing be about the art....and their personal
work and experience in creating the art. There is so much there, I don't
feel the need to create "art writing prompts" that is the way a Language Arts
teacher (or classroom teacher teaching LA or writing) might integrate art. I
suggest it all the time to my classroom teachers.

Also my students keep a sketchbook, starting in grade 2. This is where they
keep all thumbnail sketches, readings/questions passed out and any writing
done. When you combine their sketchbooks with their portfolios, it is a
wonderful picture of the creative problem solving process.

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