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Re: Paint on Win 95

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Lily/Clair Kerns (CWKerns)
Mon, 29 Jun 1998 06:53:40 -0500

I really enjoyed your post on the necessity of using what technology you
have in the classroom. I never thought of using paint in my lessons -
except for fun times. But, using paint is a good idea. Now, since I am a
generalist not an art teacher I would love some ideas or examples of how I
can best use paint in my classroom.

(For the art teachers reading this--my suggestions illustrate some of the
ways art can be integrated into the classroom--it may not be "fine art" or
DBAE, but it is actively visual and creative.)

Just a few examples...I'm assuming you are elementary or jr.hi level....
Do you have students who write their spelling words a dozen times--and still
spell them incorrectly? Have them spell it a dozen times--each time in a
different font/ color. If they still have problems, ask them to illustrate
the word--either its meaning or make an "illuminated" or decorated
mini-poster out of it.

Fractions--copy and paste any shape to illustrate parts and whole, or draw
the whole and divide into sections. Painting pizza is lots of fun... Lots
of other math problems can be illustrated for expanded understanding in a
graphics program--either by the students or as teacher prepared work sheets.

Social studies--draw maps, illustrate reports, graph data--line, bar,
picture (and yes, it's Ok to use clip art or decorative fonts as well as
hand drawn images)

Science--much the same as for social studies.

PE--draw stick figures to illustrate exercises or other activities,
describe visually the process or feelings generated by an activity.

Music--Paint the music, paint TO music, use music fonts and hand drawn
images to make posters, reports....

Language arts--all kinds of possibilities here. Illustrate stories, publish
books--both text and illustrations, make picture dictionaries, poetry
posters, create your own postcards or stationery for letter writing....

Make flashcards, matching games; need alphabet patterns--check out the wide
variety of fonts available; make seating charts, duty rosters, schedule

Play tic tac toe; do collaborative drawings (e.g. take turns adding a line
or shape to a picture); make puzzles (draw a picture, use the selection
tools to save it as segments)......

Paint is NOT a sophisticated graphics program--but you can modify colors for
hue, value and saturation (hard to do with crayons!), select, cut and paste,
flip, rotate, stretch and skew--all basic skills for later exploration of
programs with even more potential--and your art teacher will welcome
students with this kind of background experience. This is a partnership,
after all.