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> Dear Art people:
> I know many of you have already started school already. I don't go back
> until the 29th for inservice and the kids don't come in until the 5th.
> this summer so many wonderful ideas and concepts have been shared and I
> wondering what everyone will be doing there first full lesson on?
> I'll start here. I always begin the first week with LINE. It's our
> mark for a walk week culminating in our name quilt. We spend the first
> days making lines with sharpie markers, They have to come up with as many
> differences in size, shape, value, as they can. They are then given a
> piece of 80lbs drawing paper. They have to write their name in cursive
> or last whichever is longer) large and horizontally across the paper. If
> it's real long and runs off the paper that's OK. Then they turn the paper
> vertically and write their other name midway across the center. The trick
> here is to start writing and stop when you reach the first name, hop over
> continue writing the rest of your name. Their name should look like a
> sign. Then they go over it with the marker and work the contour using the
> different lines they've developed. It should be worked in the "round" by
> turning the paper as you work. It's a great way to get to know names. I
> this with all 175 kids and in three days I know all their names. We hang
> up in the cafe like a giant quilt. All the cross sections pretty much
> up and it makes quite a statement as our first group project.
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