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Lesson Plans

Art prints and Art Pins

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Mon, 15 Jul 1996 15:19:41 +0000

Hi, everyone. I have been listening in for a while and have really
enjoyed the range of interesting topics. A few topics have come up,
which I wanted to respond here I am.

A little background first. I've been teaching art for 20+ years and
in a variety of venues; K-6, adult ed., university, community college
and most recently junior high school. After nine years of the
multi-site, part-time/full-time/lay-off time shuffle; I changed to
full-time in a junior high in Davis, CA, teaching 7th grade world history and all
the 7th grade art. It turned out to be the best career move of my
life! I just love that grade level; they are still so bright-eyed
and bushy-tailed. The art history background has been a tremendous
asset in teaching social studies. On the art side...I teach a nine-week "Exploring
Art" class (media and technique exploration) and a semester-long Arts and
Crafts class (with emphasis on 3-D assignments.) Due to scheduling, I have a lot of
students in both social studies and at least one art class. ( I see these guys
more than their parents do!) This makes for some wonderful
integration opportunities!

Kathy Talley-Jones asked about the interdisciplinary uses of art
prints. One of the best resources I have found is a book titled
"Studio Projects in Art History" by William Reid (J. Weston Walch,
Publisher) It has some great ideas and is billed as a 'reproducible

Medieval - Renaissance: We look at the etchings, drawings and
paintings of Albrecht Durer, especially his Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse. It's filled with wonderful symbolism about the social,
political, religious and economic changes brought by the Bubonic
Plague. Hans Holbein's Dance of Death series also illustrates the
effects of the Black Death. I have students draw their own versions
using contemporary occupations as the recipients of the plague.

Renaissance/Rise of the middle classes: Almost everything by Brueghel
tells a great story about the rise of the peasantry to the status of
middle class merchants. Also, the Dutch genre paintings are great
examples of the prosperous lives of everyday people. These paintings
make a good counter-point to the religiously-oriented works from the

These are just a few examples of the possibilities of how art prints
can be used in other subjects.

Art Pins: I just loved all the good curriculum/art history ideas
suggested by so many people. May I suggest a button-making machine
to aid in the manufacturing? The P.T.A. funded one for me and it has
been one of the best investments! We use it in a small-format
collage project in both art classes. It is one of the most popular
projects we do! There is something about that slick little piece of
mylar over the top of the button that makes the finished 'work' look
really good. I got the machine (get a metal one, not plastic)
through either Nasco or Sax catalog. The machine was $100 (five
years ago) and the buttons run about 25 cents each. Students pay a
shop fee which covers the cost of the project. I also buy extra
mylar disks to re-do the occasional accidents.

Well, I'm pleased to be in touch with so many interesting people and
ideas! Thanks, guys!

-Alix Peshette

Emerson Junior High School
Davis, CA