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Lesson Plans

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Ken Rohrer (kenroar)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 16:18:37 -0600

Ticia said......
> I'm an elementary art teacher and my principle has suggested that I
>use "centers" as an activity to occupy students when they finish their work
>early. I have played around with this idea for two years and have found it
>very difficult to find learning center ideas that a) aren't so fun that
>students rush to complete their assignment to get to do them b) are self
>explanatory c) are easy enough for the kindergarteners and first graders
>but not boring for the older grades d) and can be done with little mess and
>in 5-10 minutes. I know this is asking a lot, but for these centers to work
>the way I want them to these are the basic requirements. Does anyone have
>some suggestions for me? HELP!

I was fortunate a few years ago to have another art teacher and I have a
paid time during the summer to come up with these centers. A more
politically correct term in my district is enrichment centers. We came up
with the following centers:

1) We bought cheap chalkboards from Toys R Us for about $5.00 each (on
sale) We used acrylic paints to paint a portion of the chalkboard. For
instance, we painted the Mona Lisa without a face. Students may take chalk
and finish her face. We also had a Picasso picture of a woman looking in a
mirror. The mirror was blank so students could color that in with chalk. We
had several more. Make sure you paint over the acrylic paints with gloss
polymer medium or the paint will wear off fast.

2) We bought some wood, sanded, and painted it. The wood was made in
simple geometric shapes that students can move to form Mondrian-like
pictures. A piece of plywood was painted white with a frame so students can
move around the colored wood pieces to form their own Mondrian paintings
with wood.

3) This one failed because students kept stealing all the merchandise- We
bought cheap scenery for model train sets, and added fake grass to a piece
of wood. Small cars were also bought. Students would be able to create
landscapes with the items.

4) Students can create designs with geometric blocks that you find in many
catalogs. These usually come by the bucket. Legos, Lincoln logs, etc. etc.

5) The most successful center is the Video Painter (Sony also makes them).
This hooks up to the VCR. Students can watch their pictures on the TV as
they create them. If they come up with a really good picture, you can video
tape it. These are running around $50 now. I think one of the companies on has them to sell.

6) I also had a corner with "how to draw" books and blank paper for
students to sit and draw. Mark Kistler's books are helpful on this. Look
under "Draw Squad" and "Imagination Station" under the web page I gave you
in number 5 to order.

7) Another great one is the computer. They use a graphics program to
create a picture. I usually have to have a time limit on this because
everyone wants to use it. Same for the video painter.

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