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Re: [teacherartexchange] panic... and it's only July


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 05 2007 - 19:12:12 PDT

Having had shorter schedules, I prefer having the students longer (the
longer the better!). I have had middle school for one hour a week
(HORRIBLE!), 12 week rotation (not bad, at least I could have a more stable
curriculum), and now an hour a day for one semester, with the option of
students taking my class all 4 semesters. Students have more opportunity to
really get in to their projects. Not knowing what kind of projects you were
used to doing, I was surprised that you would have them for 20 days and be
throwing in some extra 3-D projects. I barely have time to get projects
completed in a semester!

Some ideas for 3-D: screamers (paper machete monsters) or other paper
machete art projects, wind chimes or jewelry pendants (clay, but smaller
amounts), altered books (cut out the book, create assemblage inside),
recycled art (have students bring in items - hats, shoes, lamps, etc to glue
things on, paint, alter, etc). I did a project in college that required each
person in a group bring in a 3-D item that they could dispose of and each
group had to take those items and create a sculpture from them. You could
also have them create natural sculptures - piles of stones, drawings on dirt
(for long term effect you could photograph their sculptures). Personal
totems (have them get a large stick and create their own personal identity
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
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Technology Integration Specialist

>> This year my schedule will change to an A, B, C schedule with the same
>> 7th
>> and 8th graders. My classes will now be an hour long and I will see the
>> same kids every three days for a 60-day period.

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