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Re: [teacherartexchange] "What is Art" Unit

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From: Katherine Purdy (kjp1627_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Aug 24 2011 - 07:39:39 PDT


this is a test-as my response to this thread keeps getting kicked off!

Kathy

On Aug 24, 2011, at 4:43 AM, sarah k wrote:

> The first chapter in Art: A Global Pursuit, from Davis Publications,
> is called "The Whys and Hows of Art." The introduction asks the middle
> school students, what is art? The chapter then talks about the
> functions of art (practical, cultural, personal), what a subject and
> theme is, and some styles in art, like expressionism, realism,
> abstraction and fantasy. The teacher's edition offers ideas for other
> resources to incorporate including class discussions and studio
> experiences.
> I have used parts of this chapter before to begin the school year. The
> book is geared towards classes that meet everyday, so sometimes the
> pacing is difficult, as my classes have met twice a week, and now once
> a week in my new school. I will pull bits and pieces together to make
> a lesson that more suits our time.
> One that I have done in the past is the ever popular shoe drawing,
> incorporating one of the styles reviewed in the chapter. Having
> everyone take off a shoe during the first week is a great way to break
> the ice! It is also a great lesson to ease into the year, understand
> the process of how the classroom runs, how lessons will be taught,
> expectations of how objective should be met, all while having fun and
> being creative.
> Oh yes, I also like Art: A Global Pursuit because at the end of each
> chapter there is a "connect to..." section that makes connections with
> the chapter to other subjects, daily life and careers. And, a review
> sections asking the student to recall, understand, apply, analyze,
> synthesize and evaluate (although I typically use this section for
> small exercises we can do in class) Hope that is at least a place to
> start! Good luck,
>
> Sarah
>
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