One year I did a bulletin board with the words, "What does an artist look
like?" along with a little clip-art picture of a stereotypical "artist"
(pointy beard, smock-shirt, traditional pallet, and of course beret). Then,
all around, I put pictures I'd collected of artists with their work; some
were the famous ones, but very many were traditional and/or folk artists
from a variety of cultures. For the famous artists, I tried to have a lot
that were female, non-caucasian, etc. The idea being, there is no "one" way
an artist looks, and the word "artist" can mean many different things.
-Lydia in Toledo, about to change schools!
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From: "mbortzfield" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:29 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Bulletin Boards
> Hi All,
> I was in my classroom again today setting up for the start of the new year
> and I wanted to share a bulletin board idea.
> I collect art images from old calendars, art magazines and museum
> bulletins all year to hang them up during the school year. Last year I
> covered my walls with portraits of all kinds and my beginning lessons were
> based on portraits.
> This year I have groupings of similar subject matter in all types of
> mediums. Many times my students (k-5) will finish early and make me
> beautiful pictures to keep and I hang them in my personal gallery behind
> my desk. This year I plan on introducing the different "stations" of art
> groupings and have some dialogue on what is similar and what is different,
> media used, style and so on. Then when the students have some free-time
> after completing their assigned lesson I will ask them to study a station
> and create their own piece for the gallery. For example, over the sink
> I have seascapes and boats, behind my desk are horses, on closet doors I
> have cityscapes, etc. During the year I will change the images and
> subject matter to keep it fresh and interesting. I am intending the
> artwork to be a continuing project that they can submit at anytime the
> student feels they are finished. (I have a closet of all types of media
> for them to pick and choose what they want to use to complete the
> Also, our back to school night is within two weeks of school starting and
> I like to have something up for the parents to see. Last year I did a
> huge mural with the words Welcome Back written in black sharpie. I then
> drew a grid on the back similar to the game battleship. I then proceeded
> to cut the mural according to the grid and made another mural with the
> grid drawn on it columns with letters and rows by number. For each class
> on the first day the students picked a piece of the grid paper and drew a
> pattern on it, over the black sharpie, in color and then placed it on the
> grid according to the coordinates written on the back. It was so much fun
> seeing the words being pieced together and the secret message come alive.
> The students loved it and the sign was so colorful! Math and art
> together! After the mural was completed I showed images of Chuck Close to
> the students.
> It was so successful that I plan on doing it again this year, but with a
> different message of course! This time I drew a cartoon of our school
> mascot with the school name around it.
> Thanks everyone for the great ideas I use, I hope my little contribution
> helps someone as much I have been in the past.
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