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From: Randy Menninghaus (india99_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Dec 11 2005 - 11:40:27 PST


Randy in Maine
india99@infionline.net

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> Date: 12/11/2005 2:10:02 AM
> Subject: teacherartexchange digest: December 09, 2005
>
> TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Friday, December 09, 2005.
>
> 1. jumping back into the profession
> 2. gift for custodian?
> 3. Re: gift for custodian?
> 4. Re: gift for custodian?
> 5. Re: gift for custodian?
> 6. RE: jumping back into the profession
> 7. Kara Walker - Ed Ruscha - Interactive presentations
> 8. Adire inspired batik
> 9. my website to share!
> 10. Painting till Christmas
> 11. Re: gift for custodian?
> 12. Re: gift for custodian?
> 13. Fun middle school project ideas
> 14. RE: gift for custodian?
> 15. Re: gift for custodian?
> 16. Re: jumping back into the profession
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: jumping back into the profession
> From: "Amy Broady" <AmyBroady@alumni.duke.edu>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 11:34:01 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> Hello, all!
>
> BOOM! I got the call at about 4:00 Wednesday--they wanted me to start
> teaching Thursday morning!!! So, I did. *big grin!*
>
> I'd been waiting for that call since I was "processed" 4 weeks ago. They
> were just waiting on my fingerprints; couldn't give me a start date until
my
> background check was complete.
>
> So, 7 1/2 years after leaving the professional in order to raise my
family,
> I am back to teaching art full time!
>
> I am teaching grades 1-3 at my children's school, seeing each class once
a
> week for 50 minutes in my own room. Of course it wasn't built to be an
art
> room--it used to be a first-grade classroom, so it has carpet, and only
one
> low sink. But still--it is my very own classroom!!! With BULLETIN BOARDS
and
> a dry-erase board. And lots of wall space, and a row of windows. It
happens
> to be right across the hall from my son's kindergarten room! I love being
so
> close to him. And I am very close to my daughter's room, too. She has to
> pass by my room every time her class goes anywhere!
>
> I was not planning to go back any time soon. My two kids are in 2nd grade
> and kindergarten. I love volunteering in their school. I also love having
a
> flexible schedule so I can run errands or stay at home--there's always
> PLENTY of work to do!--while the kids are at school, if I was not
> volunteering. But when I became aware that their school was desperate to
> fill a full-time art position--they had hired a teacher in September or
so,
> but she left for another opportunity a few days later, leaving the school
in
> a lurch!--I couldn't help but start dreaming of filling that position
> myself. Every month when I taught the Art Masters lessons to the classes
my
> kids are in, I kept wishing that I
>
> 1) had my own classroom to arrange and run and put up my visuals, etc.
(Art
> Masters is a monthly "Art on a Cart" volunteer program run by the PTA);
>
> 2) saw the students for more than just one lesson a month, so I could go
> more in-depth with both the art history and the hands-on experiences; and
>
> 3) didn't put all that extra effort into a lesson only to teach one
class,
> when the other classes at the same grade level were getting a different
> experience (strictly the curriculum) or none at all (if there were no
parent
> volunteers for the class). I modified the PTA curriculum a lot to suit my
> teaching style, make use of my own resources, and provide a more
meaningful,
> less cookie-cutter art experience for the children. And they seemed to
love
> it.
>
> As I found out more and more about the situation at the school, I found
> myself more and more intrigued and excited. After a lot of prayer,
> contemplation, and discussion, my husband and I decided that if things
> worked out, then yes, our family would make the transition, and I'd go
back
> to work. Things kept happening along the way to help me along in the
> process. Too much to go into here! And once I found out that the school
> could lose the funding if the position were not filled, it really set me
on
> fire--I just had to do whatever I could to keep that position at the
school!
>
> When we first moved here, 8 1/2 years ago, the elementary schools did not
> have art teachers. Hence the PTA-run volunteer program. I'm not exactly
sure
> when that changed, and they started hiring art art teachers, but
apparently
> there is a big shortage of qualified visual art teachers here now, as
there
> are 50 elementary schools in the school system. The school I am at knew
in
> July that they had a position to add a teacher, yet were unable to find
> anyone until September, and as I said, that individual did not stay. This
> may sound odd, but I'm actually glad I did not know about it then (in
> July)--I was not ready to say it was time for me to go back to work; my
> focus was on getting my son ready to transition into kindergarten.
>
> But things happened, and there I am, starting a week and 2 days before
the
> holiday break begins. I am the 2nd full-time teacher there--there is
another
> art teacher who teaches 4th and 5th and also 2 of the 3rd grade classes.
So
> I have a colleague, and am not the sole visual arts person. I am so glad
to
> have someone to collaborate with. She is full of energy and
enthusiasm--this
> is her first year--and I am very happy to be working with her.
>
> Just thought I'd share with the group, as this is why I joined. I look
> forward to to learning from you all and sharing when I have something
worth
> sharing. I'm glad this group exists, and wish I'd belonged to something
like
> this 10 years ago when I was just starting my career!
>
> Thanks for reading, if you made it this far....
> Amy
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: gift for custodian?
> From: "Heather Hayes" <heatherglenn77@hotmail.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 11:24:00 -0600
> X-Message-Number: 2
>
> I want to give a small gift to the custodian who cleans my room every
day.
> She does such an awesome job, and I know keeping my room clean is a lot
more
> work for her than other classrooms. The only problem is that I don't
know
> her very well because she only speaks Spanish. Any ideas on something to
> give her for Christmas? Do you guys give your custodians anything? If
so,
> what?
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: gift for custodian?
> From: "Amy Broady" <AmyBroady@alumni.duke.edu>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 13:17:45 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 3
>
> Heather, I am planning on giving our custodians an ornament that is not
of a
> religious nature, as I am not sure of their faiths. Pier 1 has some
> beautiful glass balls that are painted on the inside. I loved the one
that
> featured an image of a dove. They come in a beautiful box and cost $8 I
> believe, but were on sale for 25% off that price last weekend--I hope
they
> still are! And that there are some left! Aaack! I'd better get to the
store
> soon!
>
> The other option I was considering was giving them some nuts or candy
> purchased from the girl scout nut sale. The nuts come in cans that I
could
> wrap attractively and quickly. My favorite item from the nut sale is
> chocolate toffee almonds, but one of our custodians is diabetic, and I
don't
> know about the others...so that is why I am thinking an ornament might be
> better. Although I could give the diabetic custodian some non-candied
> nuts--like cashews or a mix.
>
> Those are my only 2 ideas at the moment!
>
> HTH,
> Amy
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Heather Hayes" <heatherglenn77@hotmail.com>
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> <teacherartexchange@lists.pub.getty.edu>
> Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2005 12:24 PM
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] gift for custodian?
>
>
> >I want to give a small gift to the custodian who cleans my room every
day.
> >She does such an awesome job, and I know keeping my room clean is a lot
> >more work for her than other classrooms. The only problem is that I
don't
> >know her very well because she only speaks Spanish. Any ideas on
something
> >to give her for Christmas? Do you guys give your custodians anything?
If
> >so, what?
> >
> >
> >
> > ---
> > To unsubscribe go to
> > http://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html
> >
>
>
>
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>
> Subject: Re: gift for custodian?
> From: Ray Leal <rayleal@earthlink.net>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 10:37:14 -0800
> X-Message-Number: 4
>
> Cookies and candy-
> Always a hit with ours.
> Heather L
> On Dec 10, 2005, at 10:17 AM, Amy Broady wrote:
>
> > Heather, I am planning on giving our custodians an ornament that is
> > not of a religious
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: gift for custodian?
> From: "sharon@art-rageous.net" <sharon@art-rageous.net>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 14:28:14 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 5
>
> One year I gave her a loaf of homemade poundcake. (I gave other loaves
> to the office staff, etc). Last year I crocheted a hat for her, and I
> just finished a crocheted scarf for her.
> --
> Sharon
> www.art-rageous.net
> www.cafepress.com/artrageous
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: RE: jumping back into the profession
> From: "Theresa Parker" <tlparker77@hotmail.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 11:47:21 -0800
> X-Message-Number: 6
>
> Congratulations on your new position, Amy!
> It sounds as though you'll handle this new twist in your life just fine.
> And your children will benefit from having their mom close and have the
> added status of being a favorite teacher's children!
>
> What state are you in? Just curious which places are re-starting
elementary
> art programs.
>
> Enjoy yourself,
> Theresa Parker
> Gig Harbor, WA
>
>
> >From: "Amy Broady" <AmyBroady@alumni.duke.edu>
> >BOOM! I got the call at about 4:00 Wednesday--they wanted me to start
> >teaching Thursday morning!!! So, I did. *big grin!*
> >
> >I'd been waiting for that call since I was "processed" 4 weeks ago. They
> >were just waiting on my fingerprints; couldn't give me a start date
until
> >my background check was complete.
> >
> >So, 7 1/2 years after leaving the professional in order to raise my
family,
> >I am back to teaching art full time!
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Kara Walker - Ed Ruscha - Interactive presentations
> From: Judy Decker <judy.decker@gmail.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 15:48:11 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 7
>
> Dear Art Educators,
>
> Here is a link to some new-to-me interactive presentations from San
> Francisco Museum of Modern Art:
> http://www.sfmoma.org/education/edu_online.html
>
> I looked at the Kara Walker and Ed Ruscha presentations.
> You will also see an interactive for Romare Beardon (scroll down).
>
> Regards,
>
> Judy Decker
> Incredible Art Department
> http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/
> Incredible Art Resources
> http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Adire inspired batik
> From: Occasm@aol.com
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 17:12:17 EST
> X-Message-Number: 8
>
> We finished these near the end of 1st quarter. Based this lesson off of a
> lesson that appeared in Scholastic Magazine.
> My first time doing this as well as my students. It turned out to be
> tougher for them than I thought it would be, but I think they did some
really
> nice
> work.
> Check it out at:
> http://www.myschoolonline.com/page/0,1871,6775-205612-4-81354,00.html
>
> Mike Sacco
> Paul J. Gelinas JHS
> Setauket, NY
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: my website to share!
> From: wendy free <wendypaigefree@yahoo.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 14:57:55 -0800 (PST)
> X-Message-Number: 9
>
> finally i knuckled down and did it - here it is, so
> far:
>
> http://www.wendypaigefree.com/
>
> would really appreciate feedback, esp. suggestions for
> improvement, telling me what doesn't work, etc.
>
>
> thanks!
>
> :D wendy free
>
> ps as always, e mail me with any qs about lessons.
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Painting till Christmas
> From: Woody Duncan <woodyduncan@comcast.net>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 16:15:20 -0700
> X-Message-Number: 10
>
> I hope everyone is having a stress less Holiday Season.
> Since our shopping is finished I'm painting till we leave
> for Christmas with the triplet grandkids. I've got two
> new watercolors started this morning.
> http://www.taospaint.com/Portfolio/Beach/Watercolors.html
>
> The grandkids were disappointed that our shopping is done.
> Seems like they walked around Toys R Us with a handheld
> device adding toys to their own personal "Gift Registry."
> Isn't that a hoot. "But, Grandma you still have two more
> weeks to shop."
>
> In about ten years these kids will be picking Colleges
> and we need to have some money left to put them through.
> Now that can cause some bit of stress. Tim and Tess
> may get scholarships but Tiffanie claims she will make
> it on her looks.
> Merry Christmas, Woody
> --
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
> mailto:woodyduncan@comcast.net
>
> 35 Quality Middle School Art Lessons
> in powerpoint format, on one CD $17 (includes shipping)
> http://www.taospaint.com/QualityLessons.html
> Ordering Address: PO Box 91703
> Albuquerque, NM 87199-1703
>
> ?The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork
> is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction
> of your artwork that soars.? from: ?Art & Fear?
>
> Woody's Watercolor Portfolio:
> http://www.taospaint.com/Portfolio/Watercolors.html
> Newest Fantastic Triplet Pics:
> http://www.taospaint.com/Spring05/Photos.html
> Your Invite to Woody's Exhibit:
> http://www.taospaint.com/ArtShow/Invite.html
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: gift for custodian?
> From: Betty B <bettycarol_40@sbcglobal.net>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 15:26:04 -0800 (PST)
> X-Message-Number: 11
>
> I have had a bad gripy custodian, and one rather
> creepy one who stood over me to watch me cut mats, and
> one that stole things. My current one is awesome, and
> even painted my classroom this summer.
>
> I'm giving her a $20 gift certificate to a local
> restaurant.
>
> My dad, who was an elementary co-ordinator and
> principal for 25 years, told me that a school district
> can survive a bad superintendant a lot easier than a
> bad maintenance staff.
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: gift for custodian?
> From: Woody Duncan <woodyduncan@comcast.net>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 16:45:00 -0700
> X-Message-Number: 12
>
> Betty B wrote:
>
> > My dad, who was an elementary co-ordinator and
> > principal for 25 years, told me that a school district
> > can survive a bad superintendant a lot easier than a
> > bad maintenance staff.
>
> Worth remembering, I learned early on to take care of
> school secretaries and custodians. It pays off.
> Woody
>
> I'll stop by my old Middle School next week and I'll
> visit with the custodians first. I think I related
> with them more than the staff.
>
>
>
>
> --
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
> mailto:woodyduncan@comcast.net
>
> 35 Quality Middle School Art Lessons
> in powerpoint format, on one CD $17 (includes shipping)
> http://www.taospaint.com/QualityLessons.html
> Ordering Address: PO Box 91703
> Albuquerque, NM 87199-1703
>
> ?The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork
> is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction
> of your artwork that soars.? from: ?Art & Fear?
>
> Woody's Watercolor Portfolio:
> http://www.taospaint.com/Portfolio/Watercolors.html
> Newest Fantastic Triplet Pics:
> http://www.taospaint.com/Spring05/Photos.html
> Your Invite to Woody's Exhibit:
> http://www.taospaint.com/ArtShow/Invite.html
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Fun middle school project ideas
> From: Judy Decker <judy.decker@gmail.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 20:09:45 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 13
>
> Dear Art Educators,
>
> I did some surfing looking for new school sites to feature on
> Spotlight on Student Art. I didn't find anything yet - but found this
> middle school art gallery that might interest some middle school
> teachers:
> http://www.scarborough.k12.me.us/middle/specialist/art/index.html
> I thought the self portrait with glasses was a nice lesson. Portraits
> are in pencil with the glasses in color showing what might be
> reflected in the glass (fantasy).
> The glasses create a nice center of interest.
>
> The patterned pets looked like a good lesson for fifth-sixth graders.
> See Picasso portraits, tessellation and more.
>
> If anyone discovers a good school art site in your surfing - please
> post. I need some schools to feature.
>
> Regards,
>
> Judy Decker
> Incredible Art Department
> http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/
> Incredible Art Resources
> http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: RE: gift for custodian?
> From: "Linda White" <linda.c.white@gmail.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 21:24:26 -0600
> X-Message-Number: 14
>
> The very ornament that you described I gave to one of the secretaries a
> couple of years ago. Just this week she told me that when she put it up
> this year it made her so very happy - said it was her favorite of all =
> time.
> Linda W. in OK
>
> Pier 1 has some=20
> beautiful glass balls that are painted on the inside. I loved the one =
> that=20
> featured an image of a dove. They come in a beautiful box and cost $8 I=20
> believe, but were on sale for 25% off that price last weekend--I hope =
> they=20
> still are! And that there are some left! Aaack! I'd better get to the =
> store=20
> soon!
>
>
> ---
> To unsubscribe go to=20
> http://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: gift for custodian?
> From: "M. Austin" <whest177@wheatstate.com>
> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2005 21:30:15 -0600
> X-Message-Number: 15
>
> I always leave my custodians a 6-pack of their favorite soft drink and a
bag
> of Hugs or a plate of cookies (depends on their preference). They are
always
> very appreciative, especially since I'm the only one who bothers.
Custodians
> are SO important, yet so often forgotten.
> ~Michal
> K-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
>
> >I want to give a small gift to the custodian who cleans my room every
day.
> >She does such an awesome job, and I know keeping my room clean is a lot
> >more work for her than other classrooms. The only problem is that I
don't
> >know her very well because she only speaks Spanish. Any ideas on
something
> >to give her for Christmas? Do you guys give your custodians anything?
If
> >so, what?
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Subject: Re: jumping back into the profession
> From: "Amy Broady" <AmyBroady@alumni.duke.edu>
> Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 00:54:26 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 16
>
> Thanks for the encouragement, Theresa. :-)
>
> I am in Tennessee.
>
> Amy
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> >
> > What state are you in? Just curious which places are re-starting
> > elementary art programs.
> >
> > Enjoy yourself,
> > Theresa Parker
> > Gig Harbor, WA
> >
>
>
>
>
>
> ---
>
> END OF DIGEST
>
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