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Re: [teacherartexchange] my latest brilliant idea


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Apr 21 2006 - 11:53:37 PDT

Hi Lucinda,
    I did "house portraits" every year with my elementary students. We
studied the various styles, such as Federal, Queen Anne, Italianate, Second
Empire, Prairie, etc. I had two puzzle sets, which are probably out of print
by now, called "Good Old Houses" and "Main Street." The primary level
students enjoyed playing with these. I think there is a coloring book you
can still find that has the different styles and their histories. Try Dover
publications. There is a book I got at Falling Water that gives a lot of
architecture lesson ideas related to Frank Lloyd Wright. Have fun!

                        Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
                        Art teacher, K-5, retired

PS If anyone has recommendations of "must sees" in the Daytona Beach, FL
area, please write to me off-list, s'il vous plaît.

> I have to tell you about my latest project that I
> started with a remark that wasn't well thought out. My
> advanced art class is working on photoshop. The last
> time we did this, the students had fun with other
> student's portraits and some students were angry at
> the results.
> So this year I ask the students to take pictures of
> the older houses in their community. I now have the
> attention of the town! The administration has been in
> the room to tell my students what a great project it
> is.The historical society has been up to see the
> pictures, and praise the students. The pictures will
> be displayed next week at an all school festival that
> School is almost over, and I would like to do this
> again next year, but with much better planning. We
> actually only covered about six blocks this year.
> I would like to have the Oklahoma and/or US History
> teachers have their students research the history of
> the houses, and maybe we could create audio-visuals of
> the older people in the neighborhood talking about
> their childhood.
> Have any of you done anything like this? Safety of
> my students is utmost in my mind. I am thinking that
> I would use architecture as the basis of my unit. They
> would use photoshop to enhance the pictures, and of
> course, use the elements and principals to take good
> pictures to use.
> I can use some suggestions. As I said, this was just
> a suggestion of something to photograph and has steam
> rolled into a community taking interest into what the
> students are doing. Lucinda
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