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Lesson Plans

Holiday art/meaningful art

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Mon, 3 Aug 1998 15:30:47 EDT

Dear Leah,
I know the feeling but don't get discouraged there are ways to handle this
issue. I'm assuming your kids are in the K-6 th grade area. For holiday art,
I think of it as show stoppers. Something where everyone can do well. Like
paper, or thin strips of cloth, or yarn weaving, masks, paper stainglass.
For holidays things, I think of it as a time for a kid to be a kid. We do
wonderful tissue paper dyed eggs, duck, chicks, bunnies in a half shell of an
egg glued on to cardboard with tissue paper flowers and grass, we make mini
gingerbread houses out of milk cartons, gram crackers and the candy and icing
the kids bring in. It's the kids favorite thing. We use a watered down bleach
solution and make design on Easter eggs shapes and then add more design with
magic markers. For January we do African houses with these neat geometric
designs on bulletinboard board paper, or paper brown masks with the bleach
solution going back over with perm. black marker, we make rain sticks and
learn what are the true designs of Africa. When we did the Middle Ages, the
kids made paper shields but I've also seen them made out of wood, we drew
people in armor and weapons of the times, we made huge banners of the times to
hang in the gym for their presentation of the Middle ages for their parents.
Think of these request as show stoppers so all kids will be able to succeed
and feel good about his or her art work.
As to having everything look the same, I'm in complete agreement!!!!!! I
would tell your principal if asked "that if all the work is the same it world
be factory work, but since each one of us is a very special and unique
individual, you couldn't possible squash their creativity and their
uniqueness. Hope this helps. Gail