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Re: [teacherartexchange] A few questions


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jul 12 2007 - 16:57:43 PDT

> #2) I'm also making the switch from secondary art to elementary art this
> year. I'd like to build a classroom library. I need suggestions for
> books, though. I would like some "how-to" type books that are tried and
> true, and also some children's books ABOUT art or artists. I know there's
> one where some mice play in some paint and discover how to mix colors as a
> result...but I don't know the title or author. I want some story-type
> books so I can connect reading to my curriculum. Can you guys give me the
> names of some books your students like?

The book you're referring to is probably "Mouse Paint", although I have
another one that has beautiful pictures and no words titled "Colors", same
concept of mice mixing colors. Most of my favorite books ABOUT artists I got
from Crizmac. I like "When Pigasso Met Mootise" because it is zany enough to
grab their attention, but the illustrations help the kids recognize the
difference. "Camille and the Sunflowers" is a good VanGogh book. "I Spy: An
Alphabet in Art" is great - different famous paintings on each page. It's
hard to think about the titles right off hand - many of my favorite books
are from clearance sales, yard sales - those books that never made best
seller but may have if we art teachers had known about them! As for "how to"
I don't purchase teacher resource books anymore. I would rather spend my
money on pictures books that I can use in a lesson. Find an elementary
teacher at both lower and upper levels and see if they'll let you order from
their Scholastic Book Orders (or whatever company they use). I have gotten
many great books that tie in for under $2.00 - books on Mexico, Australia,
bright colors, great illustrations, excellent for inspiration! I used one
book a couple years ago "The Most Beautiful Thing About Horses" with my
second graders. I had them paint a "beautiful" horse, cut it out, and create
a fantasy type landscape for it. The results were stunning!

> #3) Because I'm teaching Elementary for the 1st time, I'm a bit nervous
> about ordering supplies. I've never taught this many kids (approx 400),
> and I'm also not sure about the most age-appropriate items.

I'd be happy to send you my order, except mine is for K-12. I don't really
know what I use for each level - I just know how much I go through, and if I
run out I order more. I do know that a large part of my colored paper is
used in the elementary. I probably use 6 packs (12x18" size) per color, with
the exception of black, which is more like 12 packs. But I do a lot of cut
paper projects. Tempera cakes in leiu of watercolors or liquid tempera if
your budget is tight. I purchase large Crayola brushes - they hold up well.
Lots of Elmer's glue (I like blue label). Sharpie markers are a definate in
my class. I like to have a selection of "fun stuff" - pipe cleaners, wiggle
eyes, colored feathers, patterned paper. I buy most of this stuff from
Classroom Direct, since they are very inexpensive for this type stuff.

3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
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