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RE: Grading in elementary


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Feb 02 2004 - 07:21:14 PST

So, do they kids and/or parents complain about this repetition? How do you keep it 'fun'? I get the kids 55 min a week and it's so hard to spend that much time on a project and keep them involoved?

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Sent: Monday, February 02, 2004 7:35 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Grading in elementary

I totally agree with you, Maggie. Getting kids to take the time to
develop an idea, practice, and refinement are what it's about too. My
tempera painted birds unit requires kids to do 4 different (minimum)
black ink brush line drawings of birds before they begin to paint. Then
they select their two best ones. COncepts of mixing colors, painting
highlights and shadows wet in wet, color theory, etc. how to hold a
brush, and so on are introduced. Kids paint two paintings. One goes to
Texas Children's Hospital, the other goes home. Those who finish early
get to paint again! We do these in 2nd grade. I do the same thing with
my drawings for still life in 3rd...every kid does two drawings, they
color the best one. None of my projects take less than 3 weeks. Time
for them to develop and alter their ideas is so important. I have kids
for 90 minutes a week, so I have time to do this. Time is a luxury.

Linda Woods