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Need your advice - Art History in the Classroom

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From: Kimberly Herbert (kimberly_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 21:12:28 PDT


        I am going to include art as part of other subjects in my
classroom. Many will be part of our Social Studies program (American
History in 5th grade). Our second unit looks at the cultures of China
and West Africa, so I'm planning lessons around both of those broad
topics. Others will be related to other subjects. For example we will be
studying landforms Science - So I will include info about Ansel Adams.
Now my question is how should I do this without treading on the Art
Specialist's territory? I don't know when I'll get to meet with her.
Should I show her my list of themes in different subjects and the
artists I've matched up with them and ask if this interferes with her
plans? Or if anything matches up with her plans so we can coordinate?
Most of my lessons will be art history. I am planning one art production
- creating collage self-portraits, as part of an autobiography unit for
Language Arts - Writing Workshop. (They will create the collage
self-portraits, then write an artist statement instead of writing
stilted I was born in 1990 in Richmond, Texas. I was a baby etc etc.)

        I'm so used to working alone at the museum that I'm worried
about getting along with the other teachers. I've all ready been warned
that me being given the GT position might cause problems (another
teacher wanted it, but did not have my experience working with GT
programs).

        Your advice is much needed.

Kimberly Herbert (kimberly@wcc.net)
5th Grade Gifted and Talented Teacher
Deaf Smith Elementary
Lamar CISD

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