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Re: Elem. art clubs
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Mcracker
Sat, 9 Jan 1999 17:30:51 EST
I have two kinds of clubs at the middle school level (grades 6, 7 and 8). I
have run an After School Art Club for about 20 years which is a drop in time
after school. Kids can do their own thing, can finish class work or can try
something new. this week we are going to try a reverse dye technique using gel
Chlorox on black t-shirts. I've had anywhere from 4 to thirty students attend.
Our elementary teacher does pretty much the same thing. She requires written
parental permission. She sometimes has 45 kids!!! Both of us have no qualms
about telling kids they cannot return if they don't behave or if they don't
My other club is called OP (Opportunities in Art) Club. The kids can use the
art room to work on their projects two noon 1/2 hours a week. Once a month we
meet to see a slide or a video about a place we will be going on a spring
field trip. This year it will be to the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden and
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a sculpture tour. After viewing a work,
I give them a very open-ended assignment, which is due at our next monthly
meeting. For example, this month, we saw a slide of one of S. Dali's loblster
telephones. Their assignment is to take a common object and make it uncommon
by changing part of it or adding on to it. they can either make the object or
they can draw plans, diagrams, etc. to explain their idea. If they don't have
a project done, I give them a few days of grace, then they are out. I usually
have about 45 go on the field trip. I have a parent's night in the spring and
ask for chaperones -- I take as many as I can, the limit is the # of bus seats
left. the GT program pays for the field trip.
If you want any more details, let me know. I like these clubs a lot cuz they
let me get to know the kids who are really interested in a different way.