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Re: Art is like recess for your mind...

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Lauretta A. Hendricks-Backus (
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 06:12:25 -0500

Glennis, That is so excellent!(what your doing)

Retta in Kansas

At 06:10 PM 4/23/98 +0000, Glennis Dolce wrote:
>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!