Actually, Sandy, I like the thematic approach (using some area of current classroom study) because the teacher in the reg classroom does some introduction for me - just via her regular classes. That way I save time on doing that connection thing, and can spend more time with the project. For example, 3rd grade does reports on various states in the spring, so this year we learned a bit about Wayne Thiebaud, and focused on his 'halation' as a method of drawing their state capitals. We used oil pastels. The project urned out great, but, again, lasted 4 - 5 weeks.
I try to do some supportive teaching - adding info about artists, time, place, etc. during the time the kids are creating, as long as they don't need my help and/or aren't too noisy .
From: Sandy Bacon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2004 5:49 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Project times
There is not just not enough time to do all that I want with the kids in a short 45 minutes. I hate it. All my projects at all grade levels extend to 3, 4 , 5, 6 class periods.
Sandy The only time that they have work to take home with them at the end of the class is if we do guided drawing like we are now. I need everything to fit together and doing one lesson at a time without a connecting theme, which involves time, then I don't feel like I am reinforcing concepts, etc. I don't know how else to do it. If someone else has a great idea for doing so, I'd like ot hear it, tool.