I highly recommend joining the mailrings of teachers.net! As a technology
training specialist, always looking for great ideas for my
K-12 colleagues, I belong to every grade level and subject matter. The
teachers on these rings share just the kind of themes and stuff that you are
Best wishes in your new setting! I am leaving the junior high classroom
(after 18 years) and moving full time into district level technology staff
development, at least for the next two years (or until the grant money runs
P.S. I am the "lister" who mentioned self-image, food and surrealism. One
of the most popular and successful art projects I taught in 7th grade was to
enlarge a magazine photo of food (pastries work really well) and teach the
kids how to color match and blend oil pastels to recreate the food, ala
Wayne Thiebaud. The results were spectacular! Many parents reported that
their kid's artwork still hangs on the walls at home!
Alix E. Peshette
Technology Training Specialist
Davis Joint Unified School District
From: NMTchr@aol.com [mailto:NMTchr@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 10:03 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Middle School moving to Elementary
For the "Lister" who mentioned Self-image and Surreal art for the Middle
Schoolers...I couldn't agree more. Having taught some of the most
rambunctious (sp?) and creative 8th graders - they LOVED the
"fantasy-vs-surrealism" unit. Bingo on the edible stuff too - check out the
edible color wheel directions on (KDecker's?) page.
I'm in a transition spot too - heeeeeelp! After many years at the Middle
School level, I'm transitioning to a pre-K through 5th grade program.
Eeeeks! Pre-k? I'm running around like crazy trying to dig up lesson
plans, etc. Any general themes, ideas, hints, expectations that you
elementary teachers who like to share....would be GREATLY appreciated!
tick-tock...school starts in 4 days!!