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I personally think it may not be so bad to have a project extend for
2 months if in each lesson, something new is introduced. I tend to use
multiple processes and media at all grade levels. When students
complete their interest doing the activity we are engaged in during
the lesson as this age student will - they have their own intuition
about when they are finished - then I direct them to do something
else with it. Add foil papers. Cut it up into strips and do paper
weaving. Put it on a bigger piece of paper and draw in the border.
After drawing in the border, put it on an even bigger piece of paper
and cut out shapes from it. Finished with the background? Take out
the foam rollers and put a waterbased paint on top in a texture. Draw
into it with the back of a sharpened paint brush.
You get the idea.
I would agree that any project that does not have multiple elements,
however, is too long at this age. Kids should have alot of experience
experimenting instead of being locked in to completing
schematic-based work, especially if they are just emerging from the
scribble stage in their development.
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
too much time spent on one picture, and that smaller, more immediate
projects should be presented, particularly to the third grade and
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
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
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