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Re: [teacherartexchange] Olympic Parade of Nations Art

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From: Valerie Colston (artprofessor_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Aug 19 2008 - 09:16:58 PDT


Wow!!! Cheri. What a super job of describing the event and your
project idea. I love the poem. You might even say you've left your
creative mark. Thank you!!!

Valerie Colston
Art Teacher on the Net
www.ArtMuseums.com

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 8:20 AM, Cheryl Lloyd <clloyd@ceres.k12.ca.us> wrote:
> 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.
> -Anonymous
>
> 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:
> http://en.beijing2008.cn/ceremonies/headlines/openingceremony/s214516088
> /index.shtml
>
> 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
> 209.556.1610
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Diane Beilby [mailto:dibeilby@sbcglobal.net]
> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 3:34 PM
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Olympic Parade of Nations Art
>
> Cheryl
>
> 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
> happening
> 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
> am
> happy that they each have a part in this huge painting created in one
> day!
> 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" <clloyd@ceres.k12.ca.us>
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> <teacherartexchange@lists.pub.getty.edu>
> 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
> 209.556.1610
>
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