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Re: Words of Wisdom


Date: Sat Jul 19 2003 - 06:45:10 PDT

I have zillions of quotes printed out on "landscape" format strips,
large type. I mounted these to fadeless paper and laminated them. I
put them up all over my room. Right above my cabinets, on the side of
my file cabinet next to where kids pick up supplies on a counter, along
the front of shelves by the sink, and I rotate out my favorites to put
on my front door periodically. I also have them on the inside of the
front door so that kids might look at them when they line up. I entered
a search on my computer, "quotes about creativity and/or art." Try it.
You'll find more quotes than you can imagine. My room is sensory
overloaded with art prints, and these quotes. I also have all of my
cabinet doors, office door, and my kiln room door (all of which progress
from left to right along two adjacent walls) covered with those elements
and principles posters you can buy from Sax. Each door features an
element or principle. In addition to the poster on each door, I have
TONS of laminated pictures, postcards, photos, and even kid examples of
art in photograph form to supplement each element or principle. THe
doors are covered with images. I know it's overload, but it's rich. I
also know how busy kids get and you never know if it's sinking in or
not, so on the first day, I have them spend ten minutes with a partner
walking around the room, looking at everything and talking about it. I
tell them to look for images that they have feelings about, one way or
another, and to share those feelings...what they like about an image,
what they find surprising about an image, something unusual (could be
point of view, color combo, the way an image is portrayed, etc.),
something beautiful to them and why, something they really don't care
for and WHY, You get the picture. Anyway, after ten minutes, we
regroup as a class, and kids are to share an image that they decided
upon out of all of them (as pairs) and they are to tell us why they
selected that image. Just an icebreaker, but I want them to actually
take the time to look over the room so that they can use it as a
resource. I love hearing what they have to say about these images. I
forgot to mention that an advertising artist gave me a huge stack of his
old (not that old!!) advertising/illustration annuals. WOW. What a
treasure trove. I sliced and diced images out of those books with an
exacto knife, and many of these are up on my cabinets with the elements
and principles posters as supporting examples of that element or
principle. Surely someone in YOUR school is in advertising or
illustration. Add it to your wish list. One of the books was an annual
of children's book illustrators!!!!!! Well, I'm off to the next post.
Love this thread.