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Re: [teacherartexchange] Teaching Art at 4 Ele. Schools


Date: Wed Jul 26 2006 - 19:06:27 PDT

   Wow! That is a challenge, but it can be done. My first year I had four
schools, one 1-5, one just 8th, one 6-8, one 7-8 and all with different
schedules. One class went all year, two changed at the semester or grading period
and no two classes were the same. I think one time I figured I had 28 different
lessons a week, and supplies were different in each school. If you can
arrange to do two schools each semester it will be much easier. Keep the lessons
simple to start. Some of my most successful lessons were things I did in
kindergarten. I had them color in color wheels to see if they knew colors, did
lessons with "warm and cool" colors, then paint mixing using only primary colors.
 I have also done projects with just analogous colors or tints and shades
because it is simpler to manage materials when you only use three colors. I did
lessons on lettering for graphic design (after I saw their science fair
posters), building facades for lessons on architecture, texture rubbings, branching
patterns for trees and symmetrical cutouts or molas. Most lessons can be done
at each grade level by adding a few more requirements for each grade. Don't
worry about repeating a lesson next year, you will think of new things you
want to do and the kids usually like doing some things over because they feel
more confident.
   I would start off with organizational stuff like the primary teachers do:
assign seats before they come (learning names will be a challenge), maybe
give them a name drawing assignment or a self-portrait showing something they
like to do. That will give you an opening to ask questions and learn about them.
  Good luck,
    Clio, SC

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