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Re: Artist in residence videos


Date: Tue Feb 10 2004 - 12:03:17 PST

In a message dated 2/10/2004 8:47:23 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:
> Patricia, and others who have them,> are these videos appropriate for elementary students?> I'd like to start playing videos of artists doing similar > work to what's being done in the classroom.
 The Penn and Teller (BEHIND THE SCENES) series is so useful in many ways. Because my classes are so brief we never just sit and watch a half hour video; however, I keep a vcr handy and run relevant video silently all the time. Some students learn best from what multiple intelligences people call "peripheral stimulation". Occasionally I will call attention of the class to a particularly important part. For instance, in the color one, Robert Gil de Montes makes an entire painting over the length of the tape. I point out the part where he rubs out the arms of the figure and just paints over the smudges to change the painting. My students actually practice making "mistakes" and then dealing with them with opaque paint. The Thibault ice cream cone drawing with chalk/pastels is another favorite and it runs silently week after week. One exception: I queu up the Matt Groening clip in the Line video and play it in its entirety (fast forwarding through one part which I do not find appropriate) It is the BEST
 5 minute intro to comic art and its conventions and is almost the only demo that you need. My students create fantastic six panel comics after seeing that little clip. (Renee Brannigan, my student teacher taught this) I used to have a great video of Calder's Circus but it has been mislaid;it is another great thing to play silently if you have a lot of wire sculptors. When the painting video plays silently I tell the painters we can pretend that R. Guy de Montes has joined us in our class! I teach grades 1-3 right now.kathy douglas{.n%c7+%89%b7%aczwZnV%a7%91%e9%9a%8a[h{ǝM_l/