Yes, I have been back since last Monday for Teacher Week. The kids come
back on Wednesday. Here in Orlando, most will start on the 15th. Mine is
private so we are in school a little earlier but we finish by Memorial Day. We
are slowly roasting here with a temp index of 106-107. Picture the football
teams practicing in this. Of course we have A/C in our schools.
I begin (high School) with all the bla-bla like rules, room tour, etc and a
pre-test for assessing levels of skills. We prepare art portfolios to
store work the first two days. Then we jump in. This year I have 3 new
textbooks..."Experiencing Drawing,Experiencing Painting and The Visual Experience"
by Davis Publishing. I love these texts as they are short lessons a with a
lot of art history and excellent presentations on the elements and
principles. I use a lot of Power Points and a few videos the first few weeks as we
do observational drawing.
I love the nautical flags idea. Never thought of that one.
Marsh in sizzling Orlando
In a message dated 8/5/2011 12:45:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Is anyone out there heading back to school this week ? Would be interested
in how you start the year....some new icebreakers to get students excited
about the new year in art (high school level).
To start I will share what I did last year in Art 2....nautical name flags.
Looking at nautical flags used as signals, students made their name as
flags (using colored chips from paint samples- colors were not true to
nautical flags). We hung these as mobiles in the front foyer of the school.
This was inspired by something I saw in the SAM (Seattle Arts Museum) gift
I like to start each class with an intriguing project which is successful
for everyone and is fun. Look forward to your ideas. Heidi in VA