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RE: [teacherartexchange] Overview of Art Lessons


From: Darren High (darren_high_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 01 2005 - 11:43:40 PDT

I had planned for a different project each week, but
when I looked over the list of assignments I began
thinking that one 40 minute class might not be enough
time to complete a paper-mache piece or a clay
project. I might have to have them do one or the
other with one week spent on construction and the next
week spent on painting and decoration. Or maybe they
will just have to make small projects.

I'm tempted to have all the classes work on a giant
paper-mache sculpture of the school mascot (a ram)
over the course of a week. Some of the classes might
add layers to the sculpture while others finish it up
by painting it. The end result would be a giant
sculpture that could be on display in the school and
they can all say they worked on it. It would
literally be a paper-mache mascot.

I do need more suggestions for teaching the youngest
kiddies. Last year I started off teaching them color
mixing by using small balls of primary colored
Play-Doh. I handed certain students two different
colored balls and asked them to blend them together
with their hands to see what color they would get.
Most of the kids didn't know about color mixing so
they argued about what the end result would be each
time. Unfortunately I didn't have enough Play-Doh for
all of them to experiment so a lot of them were upset.

I also tried the same approach with a different class
using clear plastic cups of water containing food
coloring. I just asked certain students to pour
together two glasses to see how they make combine to
make a new color. I think the Play-Doh was a better

--- familyerickson <>

> <<<<I'm in the process of planning out my art
> lessons for
> next year and would appreciate some input. The
> students (grades K-6) have art once a week for 40
> minutes so I have put together a list of general
> lessons I would like to cover over the 36 weeks.>>>>
> Darren,
> You have done a great job of planning! I have K-5
> for 45 minutes a week
> so my schedule is similar to yours. My only
> comment back to you would be
> that once you have this broad plan in place you now
> need to plan for each
> age level. At the K-1 level students need a new
> project each week. My
> experience has been that their attention span is so
> short and that their
> memory is short too (every day is a new day for a
> kindergartner!!) so
> multi-week projects are not as good with this age
> level. Often, if you
> don't make sure to get names on the paper they
> cannot even recognize their
> own work after a week's time. However, 5th and
> 6th graders actually enjoy
> multi-week projects and will be disappointed if you
> start something new each
> week. They like to see the progress they make and
> it is good for them to
> think through a longer phased project. 2nd-3rd and
> 4th are "in-between"
> and projects need to be designed accordingly. So
> your main outline is
> great but the breakdown will be different for each
> age level. It requires
> a great deal of planning and lots of flexibility
> especially your first three
> years as you ease into it. After about 3 years you
> will have it down
> pretty good and you can begin changing out lessons
> based on preference,
> success and continued creativity on your part.
> Hope this is helpful feedback-since you asked...
> Cindy
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