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Re: [teacherartexchange] The Start of Another School Year


From: Dobbelaere (dobbe_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 23 2008 - 13:36:05 PDT

I have been in charge of painting a mural on our little towns main street
for the past 25 years we started with chalk a couple of years then we
started using house piant . We use the theme for the labor day festival
they close the main street off for us on Sat night at 11:00 a few county
cops come to make sure we don't get ran over . It is just a group of kids
that started it with me 25 years ago they still meet me there in the street
that night wherever they come from (Columbus, Cincinnatti, Michigan, Etc. )
they almost always show up at 11:00 we encourage any one else to pick up a
brush and help. We have a lot of little town rats still up at that time of
night and they join in also. I draw the design with chalk and write in
colors , and everyone starts painting. we finish with spray paints for the
3d effects. We are usually done around 4 am and by 8 when the town has its
festival 5 mile walk it is ready . I would really like to try one of those
paintings like the chalk artists do that appear to jump off the ground I
know they are stretched and morphed some how for the effect does anyone
know how that its achieved or is it only possible on an inclined street?
Sandy Dobbelaere Oakwood Ohio 45873
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From: "M. Austin" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 2008 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] The Start of Another School Year

> Richard, I completely understand. I teach in a very small school district
> (26 teachers total - K-12 all subjects/grades). We are very rural, with
> our biggest discipline problems being tardies and students wearing hats in
> the building. I have taught her 15 years now. One year we got a new
> principal who obviously didn't understand our school climate. His big
> "issue" was protecting our students, and to illustrate his point we
> watched the video of the Columbine shooting. It was a horrible way to
> start the year. Yes, I believe it is important to take steps to safeguard
> our students, but dang, how sad it was to watch that video and then have
> to meet our students the next day with a smile on our faces and try to
> instill enthusiasm in them. This year we actually had some positive staff
> development days. One morning was dedicated to Office 2007 training, since
> it was installed on all computers this summer. Then we, as a staff, had a
> group discussion on things we wanted to keep (such as our after school
> detention), what we wanted to change (our after school mandatory tutoring
> for students failing classes - in this case we decided to make it core
> classes since a student who is failing art cannot make up "clay" time
> outside the artroom, same with music, etc), and just a basic "you are
> doing a good job and we support you" talk from the administration. BTW -
> the administrator who showed that video ended up being non-renewed.
> ~Michal
> 3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> HS Digital Communications
> Technology Integration Specialist
> I walked away from the experience feeling down and depressed.
> And I figured out whyb
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