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[teacherartexchange] To those new to elementary art

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 30 2006 - 12:13:18 PDT


Dear Marcia and other new elementary art teachers,

Don't overwhelm yourself.... Try to come up with lessons that you can
use for more than one grade level your first year. For instance, do
the same lesson with K-1 - making slightly more advanced for first
graders..... the same lesson for 2-3.... the same lesson for 4-5. You
can even select the same theme/artist for all grade levels so you
don't have to provide visual resources for many artists at the same
time.
For instance, a theme of animals in art will appeal to all grade
levels.... There are already many lessons on line for Vincent van Gogh
that will fit all grade levels for elementary... and so on. When you
do a culture - use those visual resources for all grade levels.

Select a popular group of artists to present your first year..... then
add on to those the next year (do a different group).

Look at the list member sites for elementary art and get an idea what
students at various grade levels are able to do.
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/4kids-4teach.htm

And of course.... browse the lesson plans on Incredible Art Department:
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/lessons.html
I usually don't list lessons as specific for one grade level... they
can be adapted for many levels.

Once you get more established - know more what you are doing... You
might even want to set up a Choice classroom

Best wishes to you,

Judy Decker
Incredible Art Department
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/
Incredible Art Resources
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/

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