I teach preK-5 and try to include the newspaper often. For earlier grades I
try to submit work for publication. For example the Providence Journal has a
program with Rhode Island School of Design where they have created a mailing
for students to draw the weather. It comes with a reproduction of an artwork
by Claude Monet and asks students to choose and draw a type of weather. One
artwork is then displayed with each forecast! So I just called and asked for
a large shipment of these.
For grades 2 and up I xerox articles that relate to artists we are learning
about. I will often include writeups on local artists that tie in as well.
For example our Sunday paper last week had a great 2 page spread on Calder's
exhibit in Conn. I'll include that with the handout that I typed up so that
they see art as being something current.
Last year I included several articles on Kara Walker in a silhouette lesson
handout that covered the history of early New England silhouttes. Seeing
that this young artist won the Genius Grant using this medium in a
contemporary way really seemed to heighten their interest. They also liked
creating narratives, which is what Walker does.
I look forward to hearing from others...
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