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From: Mindy Moore (mmoore_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Dec 02 2008 - 03:31:48 PST


I teach grade 8 and find that if they are given a reasonable challenge, they
respond to it. They also like anything related to themselves. I always have
them do a collage "the hidden parts of me" all about themselves. They love
it. It can be any size and we look at Romare Bearden's collages as
inspiration.

Also, my 8's make stained glass using black poster board and coloured
cellophane. They use knives with no problem. I think if they are required to
"step up to the plate" and do something a little more mature than they are,
they will do so. At least that is my experience.

There are some great websites for ideas....artsonia, and incredible art
department -- google them for loads of ideas for middle school.

Mindy in Nova Scotia
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> TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Monday, December 01, 2008.
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> 1. mission statement
> 2. Re: mission statement
> 3. Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> 4. Re: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> 5. Re: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> 6. Re: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> 7. Looking for a Pattern
> 8. Re: Looking for a Pattern
>
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> Subject: mission statement
> From: donnalyn shuster <d_shuster@yahoo.com>
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 04:48:10 -0800 (PST)
> X-Message-Number: 1
>
> Has anyone written a mission statement for their art departments? Got wind
> of this idea at conference last weekend in the Crayola handouts from the
> company.
>
> Donnalyn in NY
>
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>
> Subject: Re: mission statement
> From: tbarry@awrsd.org
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 08:00:22 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 2
>
>
> Hi Donna,
> At the high school where I work (Regional, MA) we created a mission
> statement about 5 years ago... soon after, we adapted it to include
> the entire district art departments K-12.
>
> The mission of the K-12 Visual Arts Department is based on the
> recognition of the universal human need for visual expression. Central
> to the mission is our commitment to provide an environment in which
> the student will develop aesthetic skills: the ability to express
> oneself artistically. Students are introduced to a variety of media
> and techniques that develop, challenge, enhance and contribute to
> creative thinking, problem solving and individual expression.
>
> I hope this helps.
>
> Theresa Barry
>
> Oakmont Regional High School
> Visual Arts Department
> http://www.awrsd.org/oak/art/index.htm
>
> Summer Art Studios
> http://mysite.verizon.net/vze8f65p/barry.art.studios/index.html
>
>
> Quoting donnalyn shuster <d_shuster@yahoo.com>:
>
>> Has anyone written a mission statement for their art departments?
>> Got wind of this idea at conference last weekend in the Crayola
>> handouts from the company.
>>
>> Donnalyn in NY
>>
>>
>>
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> Subject: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> From: knoonan@everett.k12.ma.us
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:33:59 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 3
>
> I have 8th graders the very first thing in the morning. They're tired
> and grumpy and some of the groups are a bit "rough". If I give them a
> project that's too simple, they don't want to do it because it's
> "boring" but a project that is interesting/creative or complicated
> seems to overwhelm them. I'm often fighting just to get their heads
> off of their desks!
>
> I have very little space, so a number of 3D projects are out. This is
> also a group that I've been told wouldn't be able to handle using any
> kind of knives safely. It's a large-ish class size (up to 30 in one
> class) and there are several students in each class that don't speak
> much English.
>
> Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I have K - 8, with only
> a minute between each class and, again, very little storage space, so
> 2D projects are best. In total, I have about 100 8th graders who I see
> once a week for 45 minutes.
>
> Thank you!
>
>
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>
> Subject: Re: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> From: "Rebecca Burch" <mamallama@gmail.com>
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:51:34 -0500
> X-Message-Number: 4
>
> I have the same kids, I think! Nah, I'm pretty sure all 8th graders
> are the same, for the most part.
>
> Here are my favorite lesson plans that seem to go over well:
>
> metal repousse' -- requires a lot of prep but keeps their hands busy
> for a long time
> weaving projects (especially woven belts, bracelets, and other
> projects that don't require a loom)
> multi-part projects that involve steps and moving at their own pace
> (like drawing a portrait, then using that portrait to do cubism)
> Origami (good lesson for groups that need a reminder to listen to
> directions.)
> styrofoam tray printmaking (or other printing projects)
> graphic novels
> building a wiki (if you have computer lab)
>
>
> of course, my favorite thing is having stations that allow kids to
> work at their own pace and then move to a new station. This works
> especially well if you have your own classroom, but I bet it's
> cart-able, too.
>
> Mostly, I think students take it more seriously if you grade their
> projects quickly and give frequent feedback in the form of grades.
> Use a rubric so they can see what you expect, and give them
> opportunities to rework projects for a better grade within a short
> period of time. It's a lot of work and time consuming to get started,
> but trust me, it saves so much time and wasted supplies for kids who
> just aren't taking the class seriously. email me off list if you want
> to see my rubric or have questions about any of the projects.
>
> Becky (Charleston WV)
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 11:33 AM, <> wrote:
>>
>> I have 8th graders the very first thing in the morning. They're tired and
>> grumpy and some of the groups are a bit "rough". If I give them a project
>> that's too simple, they don't want to do it because it's "boring" but a
>> project that is interesting/creative or complicated seems to overwhelm
>> them. I'm often fighting just to get their heads off of their desks!
>>
>> I have very little space, so a number of 3D projects are out. This is
>> also a group that I've been told wouldn't be able to handle using any
>> kind of knives safely. It's a large-ish class size (up to 30 in one
>> class) and there are several students in each class that don't speak
>> much English.
>>
>> Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I have K - 8, with only a
>> minute between each class and, again, very little storage space, so 2D
>> projects are best. In total, I have about 100 8th graders who I see once
>> a week for 45 minutes.
>>
>> Thank you!
>>
>>
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>> tohttp://www.getty.edu/education/teacherartexchange/unsubscribe.html
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>
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> Subject: Re: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> From: mwhiteec@cablemodem.com.ec
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 16:16:45 -0500 (ECT)
> X-Message-Number: 5
>
> Rebecca gave you some good ideas, especially the weaving, which keeps both
> hands very busy!
> It's also clean and quiet and keeps them seated. There are many ways to
> introduce
> weaving/fiber crafts into the classroom. If you can get scraps of
> matboard, it's easy to cut
> slits into it with good scissors; you can throw in measuring 1/4" spaces
> between slits. If
> that's too overwhelming, give them a premeasured template. Macrame is fun
> for them, too.
>
> Another sure fire winner for MSers is anything that uses their names or
> initials as a starting
> point. Look at IAD for some great ideas. I'd send you mine, but have no
> digital photos.
>
> Maggie
>
>
>
>> Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I have K - 8, with only
>> a minute between each class and, again, very little storage space, so
>> 2D projects are best. In total, I have about 100 8th graders who I see
>> once a week for 45 minutes.
>
>
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>
> Subject: Re: Motivating projects for 8th graders?
> From: Woody Duncan <woodyduncan@comcast.net>
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 17:04:57 -0700
> X-Message-Number: 6
>
> I love 8th graders - one does have to ease them into the more
> difficult (longer problems).
> I have lots of ideas on my CD of lesson plans:
> 35 Quality Middle School Art Lessons
> http://www.taospaint.com/QualityLessons.html
> There are a few ideas on my web site:
> http://www.taospaint.com/ColorPrinting.html
> http://www.taospaint.com/Jazz_CollageUnit.html
> http://www.taospaint.com/JazzCollage.html
> http://www.taospaint.com/AdobeLesson.html
> http://www.taospaint.com/LessonCollographPrint.html
> http://www.taospaint.com/LessonSelfPortraitPrints.html
> Best of Luck, Woody
> Eight graders should be able to handle working with knives and sharp
> objects.
>
> On Dec 1, 2008, at 9:33 AM, knoonan@everett.k12.ma.us wrote:
>
>> I have 8th graders the very first thing in the morning. They're
>> tired and grumpy and some of the groups are a bit "rough". If I
>> give them a project that's too simple, they don't want to do it
>> because it's "boring" but a project that is interesting/creative or
>> complicated seems to overwhelm them. I'm often fighting just to get
>> their heads off of their desks!
>>
>> I have very little space, so a number of 3D projects are out. This
>> is also a group that I've been told wouldn't be able to handle
>> using any kind of knives safely. It's a large-ish class size (up to
>> 30 in one class) and there are several students in each class that
>> don't speak much English.
>>
>> Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated. I have K - 8, with
>> only a minute between each class and, again, very little storage
>> space, so 2D projects are best. In total, I have about 100 8th
>> graders who I see once a week for 45 minutes.
>>
>> Thank you!
>>
>
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
> mailto:woodyduncan@comcast.net
>
> Read My Blog:
> http://www.taospaint.com/WoodysBlog08/December.html
>
> Watercolors on Note Cards
> http://www.taospaint.com/WoodysWatercolor/NoteCards.html
>
> 35 Quality Middle School Art Lessons
> http://www.taospaint.com/QualityLessons.html
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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>
> Subject: Looking for a Pattern
> From: "M. Austin" <whest177@wheatstate.com>
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:50:12 -0600
> X-Message-Number: 7
>
> I attended the Kansas state art ed conference last fall & received a
> pattern
> to create a sphere out of paper. The pattern is one that you cut up the
> pieces into a specific shape that hooks together. It has 2 "hooks" on it,
> on
> opposite sides. Now I cannot find the pattern. Anyone have a clue what I'm
> looking for? I'd be interested in anything similiar. Thanks!
> ~Michal
> 3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> HS Digital Communications
> Technology Integration Specialist
> http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
> http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin
>
>
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>
> Subject: Re: Looking for a Pattern
> From: "M. Austin" <whest177@wheatstate.com>
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:56:41 -0600
> X-Message-Number: 8
>
> Ok, bad form I know to respond to my own post, but I got SIX "out of the
> office" replies for sending this one email. ARRGGHH!
> ~Michal
>
>
>>I attended the Kansas state art ed conference last fall & received a
>>pattern to create a sphere out of paper. The pattern is one that you cut
>>up
>>the pieces into a specific shape that hooks together. It has 2 "hooks" on
>>it, on opposite sides. Now I cannot find the pattern. Anyone have a clue
>>what I'm looking for? I'd be interested in anything similiar. Thanks!
>
>
>
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