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Re: [teacherartexchange] Ideas for first week of school


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 02 2006 - 21:59:04 PDT

HI I like the syrofoam trays also, not ones hta have
had meat on them though. I use the trays the students
have in cafeteria at out school I try to use the ones
lightly used. Food without a residue,. I sue these for
paint trays and keep paper liners to add to the top
for mixing. Discard paper reuse tray. I also use for
clay on individual basis.

I do simila start up things with grade school. I
sometimes do a drawing thing to place in the hall. I
love taking the older students out of doors one of the
first weeks to draw a tree. Nice pencil sketches. They
love the observational drawing time. I do this with
high school students also. They too enjoy the simple
line texture, observation thing. How to observe
nature. Takes them outdoors to be half school still on
summer break thing.
Susan in Ohio

--- Marybeth Bortzfield <> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I am beginning to formulate plans for the new school
> year and I was
> wondering what other art teachers do during the
> first week of school? I
> teach K-5, after introducing the room, reviewing
> expectations and playing
> observant artists look and see what is different, I
> have had my 3-5 students
> assemble a sketch book and illustrate the cover.
> K-2 usually illustrate a
> summer activity they have done or something about
> their experiences during
> the first day or week of school. I'm ready for a
> change and I am looking
> for some creative fun ice breakers for the first
> week. My classes meet once
> a week for one hour, except for K who I have for
> only 1/2 hour.
> I also have a student teacher beginning the first
> day of school (my first
> one!)
> Any suggestions for the first week?
> I have a suggestion for the clay postings too!,
> Ceramic Supply in Lodi, NJ supplies the most
> beautiful clay! My elementary
> school students never have to worry about wedging to
> eliminate unwanted air
> pockets. Also, styrofoam meat trays which have been
> disinfected with a run
> through in the dishwasher or if you are lucky clean
> ones donated from a
> local grocery store, are great for individual work
> stations and storing work
> in progress inside a plastic bag, along with the
> damp cloth for humidity. I
> recycle the bags (heavy duty) from my clay blocks
> from Ceramic Supply, we
> use masking tape to close the end and write names
> and class on the tape for
> easy identification. Storage space for work is the
> only trick!
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