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Re: [teacherartexchange] Aquestion for middle school and high school teachers


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2006 - 11:35:50 PDT

Maggie, this reminds me of another sure fire first day projects. I ask them
if they know what an Oreo cookie looks like. They draw that on a piece of
paper. THEN I give them a real Oreo and have them draw it. Of course they
get to eat the Oreo when they are finished. It is great for observational
skills, since they will all be shocked at the details they will notice when
they actually look at the cookie, rather than drawing from memory. My Oreo
lesson isn't as detailed as Maggies H.A.T. lesson, but it is quick and easy
to do in an hour. This is a good time for everyone to jump in with their
first day lessons! :-)
K-12 Kansas Art Teacher

> I used Michal's idea as an icebreaker in MS with grades 5-8. I made large
> (11 x 17) posters of famous works of art for each class, cut them up, and
> showed them three ways to fill a space: flat color, gradation, and
> patterning. The reassembled posters look great, and it's an easy and
> relaxing activity any student can succeed at the first couple of days at
> school, plus, they LEARNED some vocab and fun ways to color. At HS I did
> the H.A.T. (Horse Awareness Test). Details are on IAD:
> scroll down to the
> bottom of the page.

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