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I've been having the same thoughts, and have a few very sketchy ideas. I
will share them, but they obviously are in dire need of development and
perhaps there are folks on the ArtsEdNet list who can/will help.
Keep in mind I do understand the resentment which has been expressed by
some on this list about doing 'holiday crafts' stuff in art class. However,
it seems to me that since the kids seem to really enjoy many holiday
oriented projects, why not try to incorporate our art content into them?
For example, in the 3rd grade we do the proverbial pumpkins in the fall.
The difference is we use primary colored paint to make paintings of a still
life which includes orange pumpkins, violet leaves and green goards.
Here are some ideas in need of development:
1. Make drawings or prints based on Jim Dine's prints of hearts.
2. Learn about patterns by block printing hearts. The blocks can be made
from cut potato or cut eraser blocks or cut and glued styro meat trays.
3. Paint the heart in green, stare at them then switch gaze to white to see
the red. An art reference for this could be the green, black and orange
flag of Jasper Johns.
I look forward to reactions and other ideas about valentines!
1-8 art on the cart
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031
>Looking for innovative, creative and (has to be!) fun valentines unit/lesson
>for Kindergarten-1st grade multiage class of 30. Time restraint: 40 min.
>Hoping for help before 2/6/97. Thanks!!!