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Re: new art book, ideas requested


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 30 2003 - 07:03:04 PDT

new art book, ideas requestedRight off hand, my cat lesson is one that builds. Kinders draw the cat,

1st grade adds patterns to the wall and some to the cat (sometimes)

2nd adds patterns to the cat with contrasting colors to the background

I'm sure there are more but I'm not in the school mode right now! :-)

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: MAK ~ MaryAnn Kohl
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 12:38 AM
  Subject: new art book, ideas requested

  Hi, everyone. Feeling creative? Let this email be a stepping off point!

     I'm just beginning a new book of art ideas for elementary aged kids, to be called Primary Art.
     My idea is to offer 50 very basic art ideas, and then, for each of the 50 basic, offer two more progressively more challenging projects based on the basic idea - two projects progressively more challenging and interesting based on the basic.

     I am asking for interested art educators to contribute ideas ... and of course, as you know, if your ideas are used in the final book, you will not only receive credit in the book, but you will of course receive a free copy of the book. Many of you know this seems to work nicely. The best part is that your ideas stimulate my imagination to make my books even more helpful and useful for others.

  Example (off the top of my head):

    basic project:
                   paint with watercolor paints
    progressive step 1:
                   watercolor paint, and when dry, trace around shapes
                   with permanent black marker.
    MORE progressive step 2:
                   watercolor paint, and when dry, cut the shapes out and glue them to a
                   background scene that is colored with crayon or made with collage
                   materials like cut out shapes of wrapping paper.

  I will not ask you to write up ideas in perfect form. I'm just looking for ideas that are unusual and interesting. I'll be responsible for the actual organizing of course.

  Remember the panty hose sculpture? Ideas like that are, what I need is not so much all three progression steps, but simply some interesting or unusual art ideas begin with some basic art idea or art material --- (note: combining materials is very a chalk project that also involves paint or shoe polish. that type of thinking ---)

  such as: ===

      chalk ideas, unusual
      crayon ideas, unusual
      crayon rubbing ideas, unusual
      collage ideas, unusual
      painting with tempera
      tempera ideas, unusual
      painting without brushes - some unusual choices
      prints, making prints
      carving...soap or plaster, other ideas
      sculpture, with wood scraps or other odeas
      sculpture with wire
      sculpture with cardboard
      3-d art is especially interesting

  You can reply to me directly, or to our group. Either way, I will compile all your ideas and share the results back to you (over time in one big post).

  Ready, set....? Begin thinking...send anytime you've got something.
  I'm sure you have some favorite ideas that elementary kids love
  and are especially interesting.



    MaryAnn Kohl
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