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RE: [teacherartexchange] Olympic Parade of Nations Art


From: Cheryl Lloyd (clloyd_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Aug 19 2008 - 08:20:47 PDT

This is what I came up for this Olympic idea (with some of your help as
well, thanks to those who gave their ideas!):
As students came into my classroom I asked how many had been watching
the Olympics. I had each group take 30 secs to tell each other what
their favorite Olympic moments have been. I then told the class mine.
I spoke of the Opening Ceremonies and the Chinese dancers that had paint
on their hands. I told them about the Parade of Nations and the feeling
I get when I see all the people from all over the world. I then
explained how the athletes stepped on the gigantic ink pad and left
their mark on the canvas that the dancers had painted earlier in the
night. I asked the classes if they thought any of the althletes
considered themselves artists as they entered the Bird's Nest that
evening. I told the kids that it made me think of my own art class. I
feel that just by walking into my classroom you are leaving your mark.
You become an artist. I told the classes that just like the athletes at
the Olympics, that they needed to be disciplined and needed to give
their best effort every time they walked through the door. I told them
that they may not feel they are the best at every project in art, and
that they will find their niche just like the athletes. And so on...
They then walked up to a long piece of paper and left their mark. Some
painted a long line across the paper, others painted symbols, some just
made a mark and walked away. It's beautiful. I am going to hang it in
the cafeteria. It made me think of this poem:
We are born into the world like a blank canvas,
 and every person that crosses our path takes up the brush,
 and makes their mark upon our surface.
 So it is that we develop,
but we must realize there comes a day,
 that we must take up the brush and finish the work.

For only we can determine if we are to be,
 Just another painting or a Masterpiece.
I may incorporate this into the title or hang this by it, I'm not sure.
Or something that says something about the Olympics.
I looked all sorts of sites for the footage for the night and couldn't
find anything that showed that part of the evening. I even had a hard
time finding photos, but here is a site that shows part of the painting:
Click on the Parade of Athletes and scroll down to the second to the
last photo.

Cheri Lloyd
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
3435 Don Pedro Road
Ceres, CA 95307

-----Original Message-----
From: Diane Beilby []
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 3:34 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Olympic Parade of Nations Art


Thank you for the idea!!

I put out a long white strip of paper and ten cups of paint and brushes.
First day of class - We had a very short intro class today so this fit
perfectly, giving the students a chance to use a little paint.
I had instructions right inside the door.
Pick a color and draw a line (any kind of line) from one end of the
sheet to
the other.

I followed this telling students that art is influenced by what is
in the world. I asked students if they know what had inspired this
painting. In every class one or two students had the answer.

It looks really good and I am going to hang it in the hall tomorrow. I
happy that they each have a part in this huge painting created in one
All succeed!!
now I am trying to think of the perfect title

Diane Beilby
Kirksey Middle School (formally 6th-7th, new year 6th,7th, 8th)
Rogers, AR

----- Original Message -----
From: "Cheryl Lloyd" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 3:43 PM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Olympic Parade of Nations Art

If you watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, you could see
that each athlete left a mark across the painting during the parade of
nations. Each athlete was a part of the painting and left a personal
mark that created a work of art.

I am trying to think of a way to welcome my students on the first day of
school (tomorrow, of course I don't think of these things earlier) in
the same manner. I would like them to leave their mark simply by
entering the room. Does anyone have any ideas?

Cheri Lloyd
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
Whitmore Charter School of the Arts and Technology
3435 Don Pedro Road
Ceres, CA 95307

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