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Lesson Plans

Re: art clubs

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Geralyn Schroeder (
Mon, 23 Feb 1998 07:56:21 -0700 (MST)

Heidi - I run an after school program with my elementary students and
although the age group is quite different, you might try a different
approach. Instead of having an art club where students solely make
art works and projects, my students learn about museum professions and
other careers in the art world. We have a small gallery space and
students practice how to hang art work, collect, talk about, etc.
We organize art shows, plan publicity, and give tours. Just a
thought. If you are working with non art students, it may be
particularly important to give them an opportunity to experience art
beyond making things.

Good Luck!

Gigi Schroeder
Art Specialist
Nash Elementary School
Tucson, Arizona

On Thu, 19 Feb 1998, Heidi McElroy wrote:

> dear Educators,
> I need help with my art club. After today's meeting I was ready to
> dissolve it.
> Clubs in my high school meet once a month during school for 30
> minutes. Any student may join for a membership fee ($3).
> This gives you a beginning budget. The purpose of clubs is to teach
> students about clubs and civic organizations in real life. The Art club
> has 65 members (not an intimate sized group). Every fall we have a half
> day carnival where we raise money. Art club did afterschool workshops and
> sucessfully sold sculpy beads and macrame hemp necklaces. We used some of
> our money to buy Christmas gifts for a needy family (another school
> tradition). We used some money to purchase sculpy for the membership. We
> worked on this for several meetings. This month we attempted to look at 2
> videos about crafts. My leadership is clueless about another project which
> we can work on in 30 minutes. Of course, it has to be cheap and easy as
> we meet in the cafeteria and must truck in all supplies, A third to half
> the members are not art students so I think craft type exploration is more
> suitable for everyone.
> I am considering making flip books and making 3D glasses and
> drawings that will appear 3D with the glasses. (My classes just finished a
> short lesson on the 50's in conjunction with the postal service). I need
> direction on the 3D glases and drawings project...and would like to hear
> what has been successful with your art club. Last year we made
> photomontaged picture frames without much sucess.
> Thanks in are a great resource. Heidi McElroy