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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity In Art Assignments


From: Darren High (darren_high_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Jun 30 2005 - 17:00:08 PDT

I'm considering developing a lesson that would tie
into the Read Across America event that is held
annually on the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

What I'm thinking of doing it reading a children's
book to the class and then assigning each student the
text from one page. The student would then illustrate
that page without being able to reference how the page
was rendered in the book.

When everyone has completed their page they can be
displayed in the hallway with the appropriate text
from the book under or on each piece of art. The end
result would be viewers could walk down the hall be
able to read an entire children's book as interpreted
and recreated by the children.

This lesson would also teach them about the career of
book illustrating. I just would absoultely NOT allow
them to view the illustrations in the book because
they would be tempted to try to duplicate that.

I'm still thinking this one out so I would welcome any
suggestions or comments.

--- Judy Decker <> wrote:

> Greetings Darren,
> Why don't you submit some quality lesson plans to
> Incredible Art
> Department to show teachers how to do a lesson that
> gets quality
> results, but allows for choice/more creativity?
> I am always looking to add new lessons to the site.
> When I get totally
> bored someday, I will rewrite lessons that appear
> too restrictive.
> If you want to see some lessons that are way off the
> charts - check
> Linda Woods sites. She has somewhat structured
> lessons (teacher
> directed) but provides choices within the lessons.
> Go to Lower School Gallery. Linda teaches 2nd, 3rd,
> 5th and 6th (6th
> is middle school). Weezie Johnston teaches 1st, 4th
> and 6th.
> If you interested in total choice - check out TAB
> Choice Yahoo list.
> Browse their archives and resources first if you
> wish. The archives
> are open to all.
> Find resources here:
> Those of you designing curriculum now might want to
> consider leaving
> it more open to allow for more choices. Be carefull
> about making it
> too restrictive. Go for essential understanding -
> big ideas - and
> leave it open for students to explore more.
> In planning lessons, got more for the processes on
> how artists get
> ideas. Here is page to get you thinking....
> If you really read the National Standards, they are
> geared MORE to
> Choice Art Education - with students selecting
> subject and materials.
> Really read content Standard 1 (I believe that is
> where it is).
> In defense of the rabbit lesson.... If the objective
> is for students
> to draw a rabbit from life - from the rabbit that
> was brought into the
> classroom - then the results will all be a rabbit.
> Or if the objective
> was to draw a fish from life - the students will all
> draw the fish.
> Before you are too critical of lessons you find
> online, you might want
> to consider what the objective may have been?
> If you reply to this message to the list - please
> cut out my email address.
> Regards,
> Judy Decker
> ---
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