Hi, For over two years, I've been a lurker. I can't tell you how much I learn from you all -- when I accepted the assignment as art teacher, it was really this list that taught me, kept my sanity, and educated me!
I would like to celebrate the completion of our mural by sharing it -- but as I have no school website or other means, if you wish to see it, just respond to my email and I will share it! The email below was sent to all who helped, so I'm including it as a means of explanation.
Dear Friends, You are being included in this email because you either donated or tried to donate paint to my school. And because in my initial Craig's List plea for paint I promised pictures of the completed project to all donors-- here they are! Due to legalities, I cannot include pics of the children working on it (and too bad, cuz those pics are wonderful!).
This 6th grade mural (created as a way to "leave their mark" before graduating to middle school) was finally begun in late June and completed on the very last day of school; half an hour before graduation, the students were adding the final strokes of paint.
This being my first mural EVER, it was way more complicated than I had ever imagined - after countless hours of research, I first had to wash and scrub the 28 by 7 ft area with TSP cleaner and then paint it with a primer. I also quickly learned that a kabillion cans of paint and many drippy brushes attempting to work on a vertical surface is better with only about 4 or 5 kids at a time, it was slow going. Additionally, we could only work in the morning; by noon the heat of the sun and slant of the light -- it was a textured wall, and every bump had a shadow under it -- made the task difficult or impossible.
I was determined to have every 6th grader in the school contribute to their "legacy", but I was only able to accomplish this because my collegues; my team shared or took over my normal teaching duties, and the 6th grade teachers allowed me to pull students whenever I asked. Except for some lettering and the outline of a flower (when the kids left to attend their graduation, leaving last minute detalils undone, I was desperate), every stroke on this mural was accomplished by the 6th graders of Balboa Elementary.
And the highlight for me (other than just being DONE) was watching graduates proudly pose with families for their graduation pictures -- in front of the mural. The other pictures are the beginnings of a more ambitious project (which at this time I have no idea how we will finish) that covers more than 50 feet of wall space and is based on a poem.
Here is a GIANT THANK YOU for your participation. If not for you, it never would have happened!gratefully,
Art teacher, K-6,
Balboa Elementary, San Diego
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TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Thursday, August 14, 2008.
1. Re: Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
2. Re: yikes, new scedule - 9 weeks 6th graders?
3. Circus Arts boost students' self esteem and school performance!
4. Wacom tablet tips
5. Art on hands
a.. Art education lets each individual student delineate his/her own
a.. Art education gives students an impression of the value of beauty with
an awareness of society and the earth that will last for a lifetime.
Students also receive a sense of artistic judgment conscious of those around
them as they act.
a.. Art education trains students in sensitivity and practical skills that
encourage the development of a creative lifestyle and a harmonious society,
as well as a beautiful earth.
a.. Art education is concerned with instruction on the individual level.
It integrates knowledge and experience to foster a temperament and ability
that is both expressive and capable of superior problem solving.
a.. Art education is concerned with the individual minds of students. It
trains in a richly human experience that has self-discipline,
cooperativeness with others, concern for others, and emotional depth.
a.. Art education is concerned with the individual lives of students. It
provides enjoyable experiences of self-expression, and encourages students
to think about living lives true to themselves.
a.. Art education is concerned with the individual profession of students.
It improves skills, provides an experience of the delight in being true to
oneself, and fosters creative ability in the workplace.
a.. Art education is concerned with technology. It enhances goals and
safety, fosters delight in utilizing technology, and creates designs
concerned with beauty that connect technology (machinery) with man.
a.. Art education is concerned with society. It suggests and is directly
concerned with social creativity that is peaceful and beautiful.
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From: "Diane Gregory" <email@example.com>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2008 2:25 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Ten Lessons the Arts Teach
This fall in my elementary art methods class for Art Education majors we are
embarking on a project to tell real stories about the significance of visual
art in our lives. We will use the "Ten Lessons that the Arts Teach"
Elliot Eisner that is published on the NAEA web site as a starting point.
I will ask each student to write a brief personal story for any and all the
statements or lessons that the Arts teach according to Eisner. These can be
personal accounts that verify the statement and keep a personal explanation
about the truth and power of the statement. They can be studio oriented,
art history oriented, etc. We will collect the stories, edit them, and
circulate them back to this list for further comment. Perhaps, if it works
out, we can submit it to publication for School Arts or some other venue. I
anticipate that this project will go on for several weeks. I hope these
students can then create a PowerPoint presentation or some other work that
can be used by them and others to describe the value of an education in art
more authentically and powerfully. Students can then use this material to
advocate for their own art programs and I believe the stories will stick
with them and strengthen and transform their own understanding of
the value of an education in art. Many times beginning art teachers are
lost for words to articulate the value of an education in art and I hope
this project will help them give voice to what lies in their minds, hearts,
Please join us in our storytelling. I have found that advocacy statements
like Eisner's truly come to life when artists and art teachers tell their
stories and provide examples of these fine statements. Eisner is so good at
articulating the value of our message. Now we can do what we do
best...adding the details and our stories about how these are reality and
not just pie in the sky.
I have published the ten statements below. If you care to contribute,
please do so on this list rather than sending private email. The idea is to
have a collective discussion about this. Perhaps we could even extend this
later to other discussion lists and provide testimonies about the value of
the arts. Whatever you contribute will be given to my students and perhaps
we can engage in a collaborative project together.
Ten Lessons the Arts Teach*
By Elliot Eisner
The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative
Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in
the arts, it
is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and
that questions can have more than one answer.
The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret
The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving.
purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.
Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to
the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor
number exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define
the limits of our cognition.
The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
The arts traffic in subtleties.
The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
All art forms employ some means through which images become real.
The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said.
When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel,
they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do
The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source.
and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are
capable of feeling.
Subject: Re: yikes, new scedule - 9 weeks 6th graders?
From: Betty B <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 06:25:57 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you Jeff and Sidnie, It is always so helpful to
see the "same old things" organized in a different way
- I wanted to use this schedule change as a way to
freshen up my routine, and you have both really helped
a lot and I really appreciate it. Thanks!
Subject: Circus Arts boost students' self esteem and school performance!
From: "Claire Waiksnoris" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 14:30:53 -0500
CircEsteem, Inc. seeks Executive Director
CircEsteem, founded in 2001 by Paul Miller, a former Ringling Bros. and
Barnum & Bailey clown, has grown fast and furiously since its inception.
Its mission, to unite and empower youth through the circus arts, is
fulfilled in every class and highlighted in every circus performed. The
approach to promoting confidence and cooperation is action based:
focused development of circus skills, while having fun together. This is
accomplished by providing a positive environment that emphasizes goals,
teamwork, and performance.
CircEsteem seeks an energetic, accomplished senior professional to
provide executive leadership to the organization. S/he will be
accountable for the successful daily operation and funding of the
organization in accordance with its mission, vision and values and in
harmony with the direction set by its Board of Directors.
The Executive Director will create and maintain highly productive
relationships with board members, kids, parents, staff, volunteers,
community networks and donors/supporters. This position will serve as
the senior staff leader of the organization, and be charged with
providing leadership (both day-to-day and strategic) into the future.
Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will develop
CircEsteem's long- and short-term goals and together with staff, will
create strategic and business plans to meet those goals. Plan elements
of special importance for the Executive Director include Operations,
Development/Fund Raising, Marketing and Public Relations.
The Qualified Candidate
CircEsteem, Inc. seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial, well connected
professional with management experience and demonstrated success with
budget preparation, planning/resource management, and fund development;
staff development and supervision are also required. This individual
will have a Bachelor's Degree/preferably a Master's Degree, 10+ years
a not-for-profit environment, strong analytic, creative and
strategic-thinking skills as well as excellent verbal and written
communication skills. A passion for the mission of CircEsteem is
CircEsteem strongly supports a multi-cultural society, and serves the
interests of children from all communities. Individuals representative
of our multi-cultural society are encouraged to explore this
This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and COO, Alford
Group Executive Search. Interested candidates should submit resume and
cover letter information online at http://ag-es.kintera.org/applicant.
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