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RE: If you were starting an Elementary art program from scratch... wherewould you begin ?


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 13 2003 - 05:07:35 PST

Art history in my classroom is covered two ways: I name my tables after
artists - have their work hanging all year. Whenever we discuss
techniques or new concepts we use those artists in our discussion. The
artists are picked (by me) for their variety of art styles, ethnic
groups, etc. Furthermore, I try to pick big names they should know.
This year my tables are Kandinsky, Rembrandt, Kahlo, Ringgold and Homer.
Last year they were Cassatt, O'Keeffe, Rousseau, Hokusai and da Vinci.
When the students are studying something related in their classrooms, I
try to tie things in even more. (4th grade will be studying Civil War,
and somehow I'll be sure to tie in W. Homer.)

-----Original Message-----
From: Christine Besack []
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 6:34 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: If you were starting an Elementary art program from scratch...
wherewould you begin ?

Hi All,
 New discussion item, imagine you are going into a school to teach
elementary art.
You can write your own curriculum, but here's the rub.
 You have grades 1-5. In your first year what do you cover ??
 Do you try to catch up all grades and do the basics ??
How do you start Art History ?
What cultures do you feel are a must to include ??
Every art teacher has their own take on this...
I'm feeling a need to revamp, reorganize and regroup.
Let the discussion begin !
Thanks for being here, all those who discuss and contribute, and lurk :)
Christine Besack :)
ps... anyone doing Crizmac tour this Summer, I'm debating the Arizona
one :)