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Re: New Student Art


Date: Fri Feb 09 2001 - 10:02:07 PST

In a message dated 2/9/01 7:43:23 AM Central Standard Time,

<< What are your classes up to, Woody in KC >>
We are off in WI today too....due to a Teacher's Conference, but the weather
is awful here too. Anyway, in response to your question, one of my classes
(seventh grade, elective...22 kids) just finished a quarter long unit of
study on barns as architecture. It was probably one of the best units I have
ever taught. I learned as much (or more) than the kids did. We were able to
take a field trip to see local barns, old and new and to see some really old
barns (1840s) in an outdoor museum. Our area is very rural, so kids see these
structures daily, but the old ones are being replaced with pole buildings.
Anyway, for production, the kids made barns out of clay, kept a sketchbook of
rural objects while I read of a book of stories of a man's boyhood, drew
landscapes in pastels and glue and made an accordian book using a story they
collected though an interview with someone who had lived on a farm. Oh, and
then at the end, created a display promoting barn preservation with a group
of studeI like to teach in units such as this, where everything is tied
together by a common thread. I need ideas of themes for eighth graders. Do
you guys do this? What kinds of themes are you using??? Actually, my eighth
graders are using your tessellation plan right now (the one with the
faces)...they are then going on to a second tessellation with more
choices...and then I think we will carve and ezcut block which will
tessellate, but we will do a reduction. I guess theis would make
rtessellations a theme.
Marcia in WI

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