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Lesson Plans

RE: big & small

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Sears, Ellen (
Fri, 5 Feb 1999 18:12:22 -0500

I notice that it depends on what subject I am teaching if I am inclined to
go big or small...
In my math classes when we are working on scale and proportion, I don't do
the 'scale drawing of my room' activity... I introduce the work of Christo
and Oldenburg. We plan some crop art after looking at Stan Herd's work.
How big would a coke be if you were the Statue of Liberty? How tall would a
chess piece be if you were Tom Thumb? What would your room look like if you
were George in "George Shrinks"?
But I notice that in art I really like small things. We are making a tiny
sculpture garden in fifth grade. What is the tiniest pot you can make?
Little books, little mobiles, little figures... Hey wait a minute - maybe
it's a storage thing...

No really - I remember a specific time I became aware of the beauty of small
things - even though I did lots of tiny stuff as a kid - it was at Sanibel
island shelling - we were trying to get the biggest and best and didn't even
pay attention to the perfectly formed, tiny specimens at our feet... I could
look at them all day in amazement.