First off, let me introduce myself. I'm an education graduate student/grad
assistant in South Florida headed toward teaching art (K - 12) as well as
working as a professional photographer. I started taking art courses last
term, after having almost completed an elementary ed master's degree (my
bachelor's is in Business Administration). I decided that if I'm going to
teach, why not a subject I truly love! I'll still be reaching kids and
hopefully positively influencing them. I joined this list a couple of months
ago and have been reading each e-mail, hoping to glean as much information
and as many ideas as possible. I don't feel qualified to make a contribution
yet, but would like to ask a favor of all of you experienced teachers out
This summer I was hired to teach 4 weeks at an art camp for 5 1/2 - 10 year
olds run by a respected local art center (which normally offers adult courses
taught by excellent resident and visiting instructors). Each week has a
different theme and the kids are broken up by age into 6 classes which rotate
daily through instructors. We have them for 1 hour at a time.
Pop Goes the Artist
Me, My Self-Portrait and I
From Cubism to Color Fields
What's the Pointillism?
Instructors are free to develop their lesson plans as they see fit, so long
as it relates in some way to the theme. The themes are open to wide
interpretation. For example, "Me, My Self-Portrait and I" (for which I have
a 2-day portrait collage planned) can be interpreted from
portraiture/self-portraiture to self-expression. "Cubism to Color Fields"
runs from 1900 - 1960s. Any medium may be used, although my area of
expertise (photography) doesn't really lend itself nor is it cost-efficient.
I've been burning up the Web attempting to find a way to teach these themes
and realize that I need some help. I'm simply overwhelmed by it all and
could use a reassuring (experienced) hand to calm me down. The Center
prefers that we do multi-day or even weekly projects, so students will have
products they can be proud of (and the parents won't simply toss them out).
If any of you have any suggestions and would be so kind as to pass them
along, I would greatly appreciate your assistance. Judging from what I've
read here on the list, your ideas and suggestions will be invaluable.