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RE: Summer Assignments- postcard idea

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From: cen_aca_dp (cen_aca_dp_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu May 06 2004 - 05:56:36 PDT


Here is a postcard idea to share, which my students participated in and
enjoyed:
They each created an original postcard (Nasco sells blank ones) and sent it to
an artist from Ohio with the following message:
___________________________________________________________________________
Dear Artist,

The enclosed postcard was created by a fifth grade student at Fairview
Elementary School, located in
Northewest Ohio.
We are sending out 86 postcards to Ohio Artisans, such as yourself, in the
hope sof receiving a postcard in return. The student's name and address are on
the back of the cards.
The reason we are initiating this postcard exchange is to highlight the
various art forms practiced here in Ohio and to thank you for supporting the
arts in our schools and communities.
We would like to display your postcard during the month of April and share
them with the entire school and staff. The children are very excited about the
prospect of receiving an original artwork that they may keep and treasure. The
success of this exchange depends upon your response and we thank you in
advance.

Sincerely,
Fairview Elementary fifth grade students
and
Denise Pannell, Art Specialist

________________________________________________________________________

Feel free to tweak this letter and use it yourself!
I told the students that they may not get anything back, but that was the
chance they took. We had over 60 students receive responses. Some artists sent
publicity cards, but many sent unique things as well. There was a camera sent
(about 50 stamps all over it!), a ceramic postcard, and wooden carvings. One
artist, Franz Spohn, just happened to be doing a piece on mail art for his PBS
show Eureka, The Creative Art Series, and came to videotape my students for
his show! Here is the link for the show:
http://newmedia.kent.edu/eureka/Home/home.htm
We are in episode 12, First Class Art:
http://newmedia.kent.edu/eureka/about/Episodes/episodes.htm

I hope someone decides to do this in their state. I'd love to hear how it
goes!

Denise Pannell
Defiance, OH

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