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Lesson Plans

Art is like recess for your mind...

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Glennis Dolce (gdolce19)
Thu, 23 Apr 1998 18:10:05 +0000

For those who have never read my posts before, I volunteer teach art for
a public school where my boys attend which has no art classes or art
specialist. I personally have no formal training in art education
although I am an artist by profession. I go into my boys' classes for 2
hours each per week.
I use many ideas I glean from this listserve (THANKS!).

TOday I worked in the second grade room using one of the "Meaningful Art
Games" handout which I requested and was so generously sent to me by
North Texas U (I think)-thanks again. We did the one where you describe
a work of art in as much detail as possible and the kids use their
imagination to recreate the work (without actually seeing it).
I started out by telling them that this was going to exercise their
creative mind and that they needed to start by creating a mental picture
in their mind of the painting being described. One of the students in
the class was chosen to be the "communicator" and she did a great
job.The class was encouraged to ask any questions they had that would
help them or anything they had forgotten. The painting was an abstract
portrait by Paul Klee. The kids spent about 15-20 min. drawing-the only
rule, no pencils and fill the page. They turned out great and were
really curious at the end to see what the "real" painting looked like.

At one point, it was time to go to recess and they were told we would
continue again afterwards. One of the students in the class piped up,
"You know, art is like recess for your mind!"

If you don't think I'm having a blast....

Long Beach, Ca
Where the school office said we don't have any white paper for the rest
of the year(but we have stacks and stacks of many, many colors) but you
know it can't stop me now!

  • Maybe reply: Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus: "Re: Art is like recess for your mind..."