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Re: Creative Valentines

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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Mon, 3 Feb 1997 17:25:10 -0700

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Oh, come on....lots of art has been stimulated by love!

Picasso's "Main aux Fleurs" was created as a Valentine's gift for his
girlfriend of the time. The work is conspicuously dated "2/14/54"?

I have loved using that as a discussion focus before making our Valentine
for Mom.

One idea using that print is to make a tear-paper reproduction cutting the
hands out of white paper traced with black, and crayon stems. Or, make
finger-print petals on crayon stems with a paint center. Or any arrangement
of flowers (look at a few!)

I feel that art can certainly use a seasonal base for themes without being
turned entirely into "Happy Hands and Holidays" if a little thought is used.
Halloween is the ideal time to study the color orange (or black). (Or
Edvard Munch, or fear, or masks, or G. O'Keefe's bones, or ....)

Becky Alexander
Porterville, Ca.

>Dear Peggy and all,
>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.
>Fabulous results!
>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!
>Mark Alexander
>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!!!

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