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Re: First Day lesson - ALL students


Date: Thu Aug 19 2004 - 15:46:34 PDT

I had my kids do a scavenger hunt to learn about all of our table
artists. I read out the questions and the kids had to search all of the
TONS of pictures on my boards/info printed on them to find the answers.
Whoever found it first raised their hand and said "Bingo!" We all
rushed over to see what they had found. Excitement was high, REALLY.
While we were there, I took a few minutes to add a little bit of my own
teaching to the moment. Then I read off another question and they all
went searching for it. It was a GREAT way to learn more about our table
artists in an exciting way. It only took about 15 minutes total and
then we did a first day drawing assignment. My questions were things
like, "Find the print of a lady who has 4 patterns in her clothing, 6
patterns in the background. What is on the table that is next to her?"
(For Matisse's purple robe.) For Escher, on of them was "Find a river
that runs backwards on a rooftop." The 3rd graders did the doodle
exercise that some goddess of art teaching in here posted...where
everyone has the same list of element and principle additions to add to
their doodle, like, Draw a curvy line that shows movement and leads your
eye through your work, Add three circles. Fill them with pattern.
Etc. In the end, no two looked alike, the talk about how art would be
for the year ensued...everyone will have their own ideas, no two will be
alike. OH YEAH! It was Patty! Thanks, Patty, great idea. Fifth grade
made posters a la Fred Babb for all of the different subjects in school.
Second grade drew their self portrait along with background and details
that tell me something about them, as they are new.
IF I had had more time, I was going to make bookmarks with table artists
to hand out to the kids as they left, but I didn't have time. Nobody
missed them. I can do it later as rewards. Sometime when I am not
rushing like mad to accomplish an impossible number of tasks
simultaneously. It was a fun week.

Linda Woods

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 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
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