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Re: figuring this out

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Sat, 5 Apr 1997 08:44:27 -0800 (PST)

Zenna, you asked how teachers use art in the classroom. I teach junior high and
both coteach art and use it to enhance
my social science curriculum.
The area where I'll detail is the support
work for social science. In CA, we teach
Islam and Africa in grade 7 on the way to the
Middle Ages and forward. I have explored
and found various art projects that tie to periods in history. Right now we
are about to study the Middle Ages so we are
writing a piece of poetry which focuses on
a religious theme (I teach in catholic school so I
can do this) and then I'll teach calligraphy and
some illumination. We have looked at lots of books of
such and they are ready to go. As a classroom teacher and
not an art teacher, supplies are what I can gather. One of the big purchases
was a set of calligraphy pens. Additionally,
I bought some gold and silver
metallic pens for the embossing aspects
of illumination. A big hit. I end
up putting this work into the students writing portfolios
and they are a big hit on Portfolio Day.
Hope this gives you some idea how we classroom
teachers weave art into most everything.
Cheers, Mary Ellen