I have two ideas to try out this year and if anyone has had success or
failure with them I would appreciate hearing from you.
1. I have corrugated cardboard that we will cut to form work spaces. In
other words a 18 or 24 inch tall strip of cardboard folded in 2 places.
They can decorate them keeping in mind that at the end of the class they
will be stacked flat. This is for middle school 7th ant 8th grade classes
where socializing is their favorite subject. This will be called their
creative area" hoping they get the message!
2. I want to put the enjoyment into my projects but there are always some
students who do not relate well with certain projects. This year I want to
write up 3 "Example" type projects that would take one class each. Students
would not be graded on completion of their art but on the accomplishments
shown by the end of the period. The next two class periods they would have
to take one or a combination of the 'example lessons' and produce a piece of
completed, hangable art. The subject matter for this final piece will vary
from week to week (my selection or a subject from their list of possible
subjects which they made up at the first of the year into a classroom
collage that is kept up all year).
These ideas sound good to me but I know with any idea comes some problems.
If you can help me evaluate and head off problems before they occur I would