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Art Olympics

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Christina ARndT, M.Ed. (carndt)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 13:26:06 -0400

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Hi Melissa, it was me:
I have a star chart for my students. They can earn one star for class
and one for clean up. There is a reward for every ten stars. Grades
4-6 earn Art Olympics for 30 stars. The art olympics were developed by
Becky Laabs a local art teacher and are based on the elements of art.
The following is my adaptation of her plans. It is fun and they are also

ELEMENT-ary events:

Line- Bow line race on length of paper. I drop watered down tempera and
a member from each team uses a straw to blow a continuos line over the
finish line.

Shape- (team event) In 30 seconds using scissors and construction paper
all team members who have brought their scissors (being prepared) cut as
many different shapes as possible.

Value- (team event) Race. The first team to put 8 different colored
rectangles of const. paper in correct value order (light to dark or dark
to light) wins. *I have done this with their shirt colors also.

Texture-(1 person team helps) takes a dark crayon and a piece of paper
and collects as many different texture rubbings in one minute.

Form- (team event) Body sculpture. The first team to spell out the word
"art" wins. I always remind them that I read left to right. I have
also done this as a house of cards contest. The first team to create a
first story then second story etc. gets first place.

Space- (1 person team helps) each team is given a circle, square, and
triangle cut out of paper and a background paper. The first team to glue
the shapes so that the square is in the background, circle in the middle
ground and the triangle is in the foreground wins.

Color- (1 person) I have done this event two different ways. 1-From
assorted balloons the team member must choose one of the primaries, blow
it up and tie it securely. 2- out of my scrap crayons box the team
member must find the three primaries and color them on a paper. (race)
*Sometimes I ask for the secondaries or nuetrals etc. for variety.

I usually work in 5 teams of my choosing (by table area) of 5-6

1st place scores 5, 2nd-4, 3rd-3, 4th-2, and 5th-1 for each event.

As a tie breaker or time finisher, I have had teams list the 7 elements
as a race and give a point for each correct answer. Or teams create new
lyrics to the melody of twinkle twinkle little star using the art
elements. They are given points for the number of elements used in the
song, creativity, and completeness- if the song makes sense-ha!

Anyway it is a blast and I highly recommend it.
Tina ARndT
Whiteford Elementary
Sylvania Schools

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