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Re: Time spent on elemenatry art projects

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Christine Merriam (
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
minutes once a week, class size 18 -27 students. She has kids work on
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
the most two, classes, with the upper grades doing one or two
projects per year. Of course, we may do several pre-teaches, looking
examples or practicing skills, but overall I like to try to work
and faster.

Opinions, anyone? I promise to take all the shots with good grace.

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

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School