Lydia, that is such a cool idea! I'm going to file that in my "things
I want to do" folder. Every time I show my copy of "Drawing the
Line," about Keith Haring, the kids go nuts when they see what he
looked like. They can't believe that this scrawny little guy in nerdy
glasses could possibly be an artist.
On 8/21/07, Dulcius <> wrote:
> 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" <email@example.com>
> 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
> > project).
> > 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.
> > mb
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