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Re: art curriculum

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PAUL J DILLON (ARTTREK)
Sun, 19 Jul 1998 22:56:59 -0500


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In response to the question - what to teach - the admininstration =
doesn't have a clue about Art Curriculum. We, in our district were =
faced with making some curricular changes a few years ago with the =
beginning stages of Illinois State Standards. We needed to beef up our =
Art history focus in addition to focusing on the art elements - color, =
line, texture, etc. We developed a core that we are really comfortable =
with because it gives us lots of flexiblity. We work with grades 1 - 5. =
First grade focuses on the basics - 2-D, 3-D art, still life, =
landscape, portrait, sculpture, mobile, realistic and abstract work.In =
1st grade, of course there is a lot of time spent on learning skills - =
how to use a paint brush, how to wash hands, how to share etc. With this =
we plug in artist's work and activities that meet our element objectives =
for grade 1 and try to link with other curricular areas of study. 2nd - =
5th grades our focus is more specific.....2nd - American artists, 3rd =
-Renaissance and medievil art, 4th - Impressionists artists, and 5th - =
modern artists. Within that structure we select a group of artists to =
study each year, some remain the same year after year and some don't. We =
sometimes study the same artist but do different activities each year. =
5th graders usually do a LMC research project on a modern artist and =
some times these artists have been introduced earlier as an American =
artist or as a cross grade level focus artist ( we usually start the =
year with all grades studying an artist more in depth - we have done =
Monet when the exhibit was at the Chicago Art Institute, Georgia =
O'Keeffe, Grant Wood and for this fall we are doing Frank Lloyd Wright). =
It is a good idea to revisit an artist a year or so later and learn =
more...it works with our kids. Usually we have a cross grade level =
cultural focus and have developed units on African Art, Black American =
Artists, Japanese Art, Native American Art and culture, and Mexican =
Folk Art. This year we are beefing up our Native American Unit with the =
help of a local education foundation grant. We use grant money to =
purchase visuals and artifacts for use with our classes. Thru the years =
we have accumulated quite a collection of teaching materials which we =
share among our 4 schools. Last year we had a grant to develop a unit =
on Architecture which we dovetailed with our grade level curricular =
focuses ( 3rd - Medievil - we worked with Gargoyles and castles, etc.) =
We are happy with our curricular structure - works well with our =
creative spirits, if we are really sick of doing something with Andy =
Warhol, we can pick a different Pop artist and still meet objectives and =
develop new lessons and activities. This keeps us fresh and recharged =
come fall.

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In response to the question - what = to teach -=20 the admininstration doesn't have a clue about Art Curriculum.  We, = in our=20 district were faced with making some curricular changes a few years ago = with the=20 beginning stages of Illinois State Standards.  We needed to beef up = our Art=20 history focus in addition to focusing on the art elements - color, line, = texture, etc.  We developed a core that we are really comfortable = with=20 because it gives us lots of flexiblity.  We work with grades 1 - = 5. =20 First grade focuses on the basics - 2-D, 3-D art, still life, landscape, = portrait, sculpture, mobile, realistic and abstract work.In 1st grade, = of course=20 there is a lot of time spent on learning skills - how to use a paint = brush, how=20 to wash hands, how to share etc. With this we plug in artist's work and=20 activities that meet our element objectives for grade 1 and try to link = with=20 other curricular areas of study. 2nd - 5th grades our focus is more=20 specific.....2nd - American artists, 3rd -Renaissance and medievil art, = 4th -=20 Impressionists artists, and 5th - modern artists.  Within that = structure we=20 select a group of artists to study each year, some remain the same year = after=20 year and some don't. We sometimes study the same artist but do different = activities each year.  5th graders usually do a LMC research = project on a=20 modern artist and some times these artists have been introduced earlier = as an=20 American artist or as a cross grade level focus artist ( we usually = start the=20 year with all grades studying an artist more in depth - we have done = Monet when=20 the exhibit was at the Chicago Art Institute, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant = Wood and=20 for this fall we are doing Frank Lloyd Wright).  It is a good idea = to=20 revisit an artist a year or so later and learn more...it works with our=20 kids.  Usually we have a  cross grade level cultural focus and = have=20 developed units on African Art, Black American Artists, Japanese Art, = Native=20 American Art and culture, and  Mexican Folk Art.  This year we = are=20 beefing up our Native American Unit with the help of a local education=20 foundation grant. We use grant money to purchase visuals and artifacts = for use=20 with our classes.  Thru the years we have accumulated quite a = collection of=20 teaching materials which we share among our 4 schools.  Last year = we had a=20 grant to develop a unit on Architecture which we dovetailed with our = grade level=20 curricular focuses ( 3rd - Medievil - we worked with Gargoyles and = castles,=20 etc.)  We are happy with our curricular structure - works well with = our=20 creative spirits, if we are really sick of doing something with Andy = Warhol, we=20 can pick a different Pop artist and still meet objectives and develop = new=20 lessons and activities. This keeps us fresh and recharged come=20 fall.
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