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Lesson Plans

re:incorporating art in the classroom

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Marge Dickinson (dickinsonm)
Fri, 12 Apr 1996 20:45:08 -0500

Rachel Morgan asked for ways to incorporate English and art:
several years ago I worked with an English teacher in a Poetry/Surrealism
unit. We put our second hour classes together and worked separately.
Studied Poetry, surrealism, wrote poetry, learned art terms, artists.
Students took their own poetry, grouped up, examine works for imagery and
created cartoons of that imagery for a mural. Had a vote on the best for
the site. We got some grant money from a local grant (banks always have
community service money) bought a bunch of paint and brushes and expanded
the cartoon to the back wall of the English room. Took us two weeks to
paint it (it was a BIG wall). Everyone loved it, the bank sent 4 bigwigs
to our "unveiling" (the mural was covered with visqueen) reception (PTA did
the cookies and punch) and because of the bank and the school angle we got
lots of publicity - the papers were there. It was a lot of work and it
won't work with really large classes - unless you have more room than we do
- but it was a stretch for both of us. The students loved it and learned.
We gave a pre and post test to prove it.

Marge Dickinson
Galva IL

Marge Dickinson
Galva, IL
e-mail: dickinsonm
phone: 309-932-2880
fax: 309-932-8207