I think I would take my little ones to the zoo and teach them drawing from observation. I did that with a young artist (she was aged 5 at the time and homeschooled), and was astonished at her drawings. She is now a college graduate in music and women's studies, and she still draws beautifully.
As for middle school, I would teach them printmaking (silkscreening particularly) and have them design and make posters,t-shirts and banners for their school (clubs,activities, sports, etc). That would set them on the road for doing something for others, give them self esteem when they saw their products worn/displayed, teach them the idea of working together for a greater goal.
> many years ago, when I was interviewing, I was asked a question that
> took me by surprise. I still wonder about it after 13 years of
> teaching. What would I answer today? I was wondering what you all
> would answer.
> If you had an unlimited budget, what would be your favorite lesson to
> teach a kindergarten class? A middle school class?
> Any ideas?
> diane davis