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Re: Altered Books - Michal


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 11 2003 - 17:20:41 PDT

That sounds like a good idea - I had planned to give them the entire
semester to work on their book - however, they would only have Fridays (they
are shorter class periods), and when they were finished with their
assignments. My advanced students I had planned to give them abit more class
time, just because they were the ones that had the maturity to really get
into the project. My art 1 students really struggled with the time given to
them - they finished and were done. I found that several students wanted to
take their books home and I allowed this, so those who were on a creative
streak could continue working.

> What kind of time frame did you allot for the Altered Books? Last
> my students were diligently working on theirs...and we had to stop to do a
> special project...and then they lost interest. I couldn't get them
> interested in working on it again.
> I was thinking about having the students start one next year at the
> beginning of the semester and work on it between different lessons...but I
> want them to be able to stay interested in it. I thought that in between
> other lessons, I would show them different things they could do in the
> How do some of you handle this?
> Carolyn
> > I had 2 huge boxes of books of all different sizes and thicknesses. I
> > the students pick whichever one "felt" right to them. Some chose because
> of
> > the title of the book, some the thickness, some liked big books, some
> liked
> > some graphics they found. I would say that each student is going to have
> > their own idea of what an altered book should be, and I didn't want to
> > stifle mine. I made up several transparancies of what they "could" do of
> > various altered books I'd found ont the internet. They had to alter
> > book, but I really didn't say much more to them, except those few kids
> > decided they were done because working in class was just "too much work"
> > (I'm sure nobody else has that problem, but I sure have some lazy ones!)
> > Those were the only ones I offered ideas to, suggestions, cattle prods,
> etc.
> > I would make sure you have more books than students so they do have
> choices.
> > Next fall when I do this project again I am going to spend a few days
> > teaching them some different techniques such as marbling, painting,
> > encaustic, etc. just so they have more options available. I am working
> a
> > techniques book with the Altered Book group I joined, so I will post
> I
> > learn as soon as I get it all back. :-)
> > ~Michal
> ---