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Re:A&E.A (reply to Susan Stinson)

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kate/Ron Hirschi (gresham.10)
Sun, 7 Dec 1997 20:09:16 -0500

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One thing Mary Sheridan and I did together and with kids was/is to make
prints using eraser stamps. I like to do this spontaneously, picking up on
something the student is already working on. But, I've also done it as a
way of making little postage stamps out of eraser stamps. Regardless, the
technique is simple: Draw design on eraser, cut with exacto type knife,
stamp.... Mary can help out with this, but I remember her saying that her
principal looked in with fear as fairly young kids were carving with razor
sharp knives..... How old? My daughter taught me this when she was in sixth
grade and I cut for kids ten and under.

Cactus are cool

Ron Hirschi

On 3 November, Susan Stinson wrote:

With respect to Pickerington Elementary School by Mary Sheridan presented
in the section"Art & Ecology
Curriculum Integration," my thoughts are as follows:

What intrigued me most about this particular lesson is how it brought
together not only Pickerington
Elementary students, staff and parents as a community but how it extended
beyond the school environment and
into the retired community residents, area businesses and artists in their
efforts to save the wetlands of
Pickerington Ponds. I think this particular lesson teaches students about
life-centered issues such as being
aware of the natural beauty of their surrounding environment and the
importance of saving it from destruction.
With respect to ecology, I believe the Pickerington project made students
aware of the ecological habitats of
the wetlands at Pickerington Ponds and about the various and diverse
animal, plant and insect habitats that
can only survive with the survival of their home - the wetlands. The
project brought the community together
in saving their wetland habitats. This is extremely important because
people learn best from each other. The
students used art, i.e., tiles, to share their awareness of the beauty of
their surrounding environment with
others in their community to make them aware, too, of the beauty that
exists in their backyard. It seems the
goal was to show the importance of the survival of the wetland habitats at
Pickerington Ponds to continue the
ecological systems that exist.

Art is an important way to show awareness, especially with children.
Children tend to speak with innocence,
truth and beauty of what is really important in our world.

Adaptations I would make for a future 3rd grade class in Tucson would be as

First, since wetlands are not a common habitat in Tucson, I would try and
focus on the desert habitats in
relation to the destruction is faces with urbanization (the numerous home
subdivisions that are replacing the
desert habitats). I think a good way to introduce such a unit would be to
include various literature, poety
which discuss the importance of not disrupting desert eco-systems and
discuss what can happen to the plant,
animal and insect life if their natural habitats are destroyed. Likewise,
I would like to create art journals
and have students do research and use their senses to describe the various
aspects of the desert eco-systems.
I would also arrange various guest speakers to talk with my students and
discuss possible options for
community involvement to make them aware of the situation at hand. For
example, maybe do a print making
project and create notepaper or cards with desert designs and sell as a
fundraiser to protect the desert
habitats. Field trips are also important for hands-on experiences. Any
other suggestions?

Susan Stinson

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