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Tracey Conley needs a fun project


From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 02 2003 - 10:55:22 PDT

Tracey - try this email address and see if it works:
My reply to you below. I am happy to post for you. If you don't get enough
response to this. Try again yourself. DO let us know
how the mosaic project worked out. I think many list members gave you ideas.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Tracy Conley" <>
Subject: Can you send this out for me Judy?

I am looking for a fun project for middle/high school students who are
 basically in a lock up facility. I have been teaching summer school for
the past two weeks. This will be my last week with them. The first week we
did mosiacs, last week we watercolored flowers and I am in dire need of a
fun last minute project. I was going to do caricatures but because their
drawing skills are so low I decided it would not be a good project they
would enjoy. My supplies are limited. Here is what I have.
 Large sheets of donated paper. It has a texture and we water colored on it
 last week.
> Water colors
> Probably crayons
> Possibly chalk
> Glue
> Scissors
> I can't spend anymore money. If you have any suggestions, please send them
> my way.
> Thank you
> Tracy Conley

Dear Getty ArtsEdNetters,

Can you think of a fun project for Tracy? CC your answers to Tracey just in
case she is not getting list mail

I have one that is super easy and my sixth graders loved it! My torn paper
landscapes watercolor collage. EVERYONE turned out successful.
I only have a couple on my site (wish I could find the roll of film that has
previous years' works -- I wasn't too good at getting the film developed -
smile - the digital age has certainly helped me).
You can use ALL of your supplies. Some crayon resist --some drawing into
the water color with chalk--Some cutting of shapes - some tearing. Just
decide how big you want the finished collage to be and cut that background
paper. I did mine 12"x12" with the watercolor strips cut 6" x 12" - but the
day my students started gluing, I had a sub and she used the 11x14 cardboard
I had cut for 8th grade (sigh- if she had only read directions---ha-ha -- oh
well - I just used the 12x12 for a different project later in the year --
and cut more cardboard for my 8th graders). There is a lot you can pack into
this lesson - mood-emotions -care for the environment - color plans - P's
and E's. We ran out of time the year the students did these (that are on the
plan) and many didn't get much drawing done - but I still liked the results.
Maybe even sing "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land"

I am really impressed with these fifth grade water color collage done by
Lin's students: Especially
the turquoise sky and oranges landscape (bottom right) - look at the
textural effects of the brush strokes.

Woody has a similar lesson you can use for inspiration:
Looks like Woody's kids made the collage landscape first - then painted it
(take a closer look yourself to see)

>>I was going to do caricatures but because their drawing
> skills are so low

Kids would love this! regardless of their "drawing skills". Maybe let them
start out by drawing a caricature of you - and draw right along with them -
really poke fun at your own features and exaggerate them - let them really
have fun with it (I'd emphasise my nose if I did a cariature of me - plus my
eyelids are starting to do the droppy "old lady" thing from time to time).
Then ask them who their heroes are - and WHY. Find pictures of their
personal heroes and do caricatures of them. Include words surrounding the
hero - either in long hand writing or printing - what ever they chose. Out
line with Sharpie marker then watercolor. DON'T let on to them that you
THINK their drawing skills are low. Build them up and let them think they
are doing a good job --Afterall it IS a cariacature. Who cares if it really
looks like the person? Just my "humble opinion".

For more FUN ideas - try looking at the lessons on these art teacher's web