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Lesson Plans

fun event / job

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Julie Brady (jbrady)
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 08:31:55 -0500 (EST)

Just wanted to share a really fun event we had at our school. Over the
summer I met a local stone sculptor at an art show. We began talking and I
discovered that his studio is close to our school. We tenatively discussed
him visiting and showing my students some "local"art. When I called him
this fall he was still very enthused about coming to our school. We
arranged a morning for him to visit our Gallery Group (about 12 kids from
4th and 5th grade that have high academics and an interest in art). Well,
to make a long story short, he ended up coming to our class three times.
He brought at piece of limestone for each student (and me!), files, chisels
and some of his own work. He took us through the process of chiseling,
filing, wet sanding, dry sanding and waxing to a finished, geometrical
piece of abstact art. It was wonderful! My students had the opportunity
to experience an art medium that many of them will never be able to
experience again! They learned a great deal about patience, hard work and
self-pride. I don't think that Wayne Harshberger is on this list, but I
just want to send a huge thank you out to him. His gift of materials,
tools and especially talent and time were immeasurable to my students. I
hope this encourages some of you that have never tapped into your local art
to do so, it is amazing what wonderful people you find.

BTW, I am leaving my position in February to move to Grand Rapids, MI with
my husband. My principal is taking applicants now if anyone is interested.
Chandler Elementary is K-5 and has about 450 students. I also teach grades
3 and 4 at Parkside Elementary down the road. We are in Goshen, IN
(northwest Indiana). If anyone wants more details about the position,
please email me directly.

Happy Holidays!


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