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Re: Time spent on elemenatry art projects

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Christine Merriam (ktwnldy.az.us)
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 08:21:45 +0000


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.
****************

Hi,
As a teacher of grades 3-5 with the same (argh) 45 minutes once a
week class schedule, I have found that a variety of lessons seems to
work well. The older students can keep working on a project for a
month or more, but third graders max out at 2-3 weeks. Their
production declines after that.
Sadly, I have many, many unfinished projects in the student
portfolios. I just keep telling myself, "it is the process, not the
product that is most important at this stage of development".
I used to have 55 minute periods... cannot believe how much I miss
them!

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School