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Finally I feel I can actually contribute something! I ran two art clubs
every year at my previous school. Gr. 7 and 8 belonged to the National
Junior Art Honor Society which we joined through NAEA. I averaged 20 students
over the years. Meeting once a week for an hour after school, we tackled
larger, more in depth projects and crafts such as batik, dimensional clay
tiles etc. Parents were tapped as special guests-you'd be surprised at all
the talent out there. I capitalized on our local museum's special exhibits.
Tours were arranged for after school or days off with parent drivers. We
toured a local foundry after a tour of bronze sculptures at the museum.
Another time a local jeweler showed us the behind the scenes workings of
design and creation of his wares after the Faberge exhibit tour. Students
served as guides and demonstrators at our yearly art show and helped with
Grandparents day. Many worked on portfolios for high school when special
projects were completed. It was fun and there was more but this is way too
long-sorry. (Gr. 4,5 and 6 last year met another day once a week and worked
on the Mars Millennium Project which was a great success) Good luck you will
have great fun! I will miss it- I have changed jobs and will only have Gr.
K-6. But perhaps......
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