Gary Bogus wrote: > > A colleague and I are in disagreement about how much time young (grades 1 > through 5) art students should spend on drawing projects. Classes are 45 > minutes once a week, class size 18 -27 students. She has kids work on large > paper with crayons, taking up to two months on one picture. I think this is > too much time spent on one picture, and that smaller, more immediate > projects should be presented, particularly to the third grade and below. I > tend to gear my projects to something that can be completed in one, or at > the most two, classes, with the upper grades doing one or two longer-run > projects per year. Of course, we may do several pre-teaches, looking at > examples or practicing skills, but overall I like to try to work smaller > and faster. > > Opinions, anyone? I promise to take all the shots with good grace.
Personally, I agree with you Gary. I like my lessons to interrelate, of
course, but in my opinion, the primary grades don't have the attention
span for lessons which last much longer than two weeks. I like to do
units with the upper grades--series of interconnecting lessons. It's
easier to accomplish the objectives of DBAE that way.