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Re: lesson ideas

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Thu, 4 Feb 1999 18:53:29 EST

It seems like every year we are asked to do decorations for the
auditorium/gym for one thing or another. I hate to just "do" decorations and
I try to tie it into part of the curriculum so it is not just "busy" work for
the kids. I remember several successful lessons were life size carousel
horses with large craft paper and stuffing them to have a "relief" look. We
researched carousel art and tied it into that. Several kids worked on one
horse together, drawing, painting and stuffing. We attached them to a paper
pole on the wall. From the center of the gym we strung crepe paper streamers
to look like a carousel. Another year we did murals that were tied into a
lesson on Henri Rousseau. The students painted and collaged relief murals all
around the gym in the style of Rousseau. Big beautiful butterfies were
painted another year, after a lesson in symetry and color. They were huge 5
ft things that were attached to the walls and hung from the basketball nets
and ceiling.
I find I am less resentful of being the "decorating commitee" if I can somehow
tie these decorations to an art LESSON that is part of the curriculum. After
15 years of teaching in the same school it also is a lot easier to say NO to
some things that just cannot be justified. (like the one year they wanted all
of the art classes k-8 to do flower arrangements for tables---how horrible
would that have been to see a flower arrangement designed by a kindergartener)
Good luck, Stephanie. DeDe from NJ