Another tried and true book I used for introducing color mixing with K and 1
students is "Little Yellow and Little Blue" by Leo Lionni.
I love the book "Prudy's Problem and How She Solved it" by Carey
Armstrong-Ellis as an intro to why people collect and what art museums are
all about. I had my students design and create "mini museums" with tagboard
scraps. We used the tiny art reproductions from all the catalogs, drew
frames around them, added architectural elements, etc. It was fun to see
how the kids would organize their art in their museums.
I also used the book "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold all the time for
narrative art, quilts, story telling, etc.
Best of luck with your elem experience... I now teach middle school art
after many years at the elementary level.
Subject: A few questions
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 16:43:27 -0500
#1) I'm about to teach art for a week at a Christian summer camp (and it
expected to be an ART class...not cookie-cutter type crafts)- grades 3-6.
I thought a cool way to approach the class would be to introduce Christian
artists. I know many artists did religious work because the Church
commissioned it, and not necessarily because they were religious people.
I'd rather focus on artists for whom their faith and their art were truly
#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?
#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. Would anyone
be willing to send me an example of their elementary ordering list? (You
can send it to me personally - off the Getty list) I would just like a
general guideline - so I don't feel so completely overwhelmed.