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Lesson Plans

Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1571

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Tue, 27 Jul 1999 01:08:05 EDT

Dear fellow Art educators: I have been busy all summer teaching extended art
education classes for teachers every weekend and sometimes during the week.
I am truly burnt out. It has been great to read your comments at the end of
a day, that's about all I could do being so tired. Anyway, I tell all of my
education students about the art chat room. I am looking forward to the
beginning of school and getting back to a normal schedule as an elementary
art teacher with a very big load, probably over 700 students a week.
I love to teach perspective and with over 20 years as an art teacher, I have
developed a method that works with most students, but not all. No one ever
taught me perspective, it was something I just caught on to instantly, I can
just see the lines of convergence. I started only teaching it to 6th grade
and middle schoolers, but noticed that many of the other grades would come in
and start to copy on their own what the older students had been doing. So
now I even go down to 1st grade with one point perspective (the old road
going into the mountains trick) and they absolutely love it. They even take
it into the computer lab and try to reproduce in on the computer. Their
classroom teachers tell me that's all they do in their free time. We also
look at the corners in our classroom and the lines that go to those corners
and then draw the inside of a classroom. We look at art prints and identify
how artists have used perspective. My students ask for this lesson again and
again. I now have a set of large pink right-angle triangles for my 4th and
5th graders. It is true that some students who usually do beautiful poetic
works may have trouble with perspective and are surprised that it is
difficult for them. However, it helps me make my point that we all
communicate about the world in different ways, we are all unique, and that
there are some things that some of are better at then others, but in the end
it all evens out. Our world and the people in it are all in balance. I have
noticed that the boys and those who do well in math, usually, but not always,
do better with perspective. I think that another reason that some like this
lesson, is that it is one of the few times in the year that I get out the
pencils, sharpeners and erasers (Usually they are locked up, because I teach
my elementary students that we can learn from our mistakes, and that a
mistake is not the end of the world, but that it could be the beginning of a
whole "new" World). I wish I could share my lessons with you, but, they
really lose a lot, just being written in lesson plan format. I think it's
one of those things you need to see someone teach. Sorry, I've gone on so,
but I've been too tired to even type one word the rest of the summer, and so,
I guess I am making up for it now. Darlene Ritter in Phoinix,AZ.