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I'm baaaaaaack....


Date: Sat Aug 23 2003 - 11:19:19 PDT

HI all,
     After a 3 week (almost 4) hiatus from Artsednet Talk, I'm back. We
went to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons where I photographed horses,
dogs in the backs of pickup trucks, TONS of wildlife, and gorgeous
nature. It was wonderful. When I returned, I realized I needed every
spare second to get ready for my classes, so I didn't resubscribe til
this morning. I know I have missed a TON of great ideas, laughs, and
camaraderie. I'm sure you carried on as never before in my absence,
     I have 8 tables in my artroom. I just finished creating 8 mobiles
(1 over each table) for my table artists. I cut red/white foam core
into shapes, drilled holes, used fishing line and crimp beads, and
suspended post cards from them. I'm going to let my 5th graders do some
research about their artists for their tables, and there are more holes
to use to suspend colorful laminated paper strips or shapes with
important information about their artist...when they lived, what style
of art they are known for, nationality, etc. They look AWESOME! It was
kind of funny...I had to base my selection of artists on which artists
had the best postcard books. I ended up with Picasso, Chagall,
Boticelli, Monet, Degas, VanGogh, Vermeer, and Kahlo. I've received a
LOT of admiration from other teachers for this addition to my room, and
the kids love having an artist's identity for their table groups. I can
see that when we are looking at art throughout the year, I will be
trying to select representative samples for still lifes, portraits,
etc., based upon these artists. Whoever started this thread, thank you!
The only problem will be selecting new artists for next year and finding
time to make these mobiles again. It's just more immersion, which is