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Re:[teacherartexchange] Making Art Together


Date: Tue May 13 2008 - 12:42:03 PDT

Hi Joanna,

The idea in my mind is that group projects can be more exciting and
have a more satisfying result than individual work sometimes. In my
case, I recycled some old drawing boards into mosaic projects -bought
glass tiles from Tile Shack and spent some time developing a
theme-mandala was chosen. We talked about circles- circle of time,
friendship, love etc
The entire school worked on drawing projects and eight were chosen for
the panels that are ready to be installed in a public place in my
school. I had not worked with mosaics before but it was easy to
learn-grouting was something that made me nervous but I talked to some
mosaic artists and, in the end, the grouting was not hard to do.

All participants made a small panel to take home (about 8 x 12 inches).

Another project I did as a group was having kids build architectural
models they designed themselves from broken down cardboard boxes and
leftover materials from a frame shop.

Another group built an assemblage from old broken crayons and other
small recyclable items and had a lot of fun doing it.

These are the projects that come most immediately to mind.

Quoting "Joanna W." <>:

> Barbara:
> Please tell me a little of your experience using this book - the
> projects and their process if you don't mind
> - I am currently teaching 3 autistic kids voluntarily and I am about
> to start teaching in some assisted living communities for the elderly.
> I think Mark is onto something vital and I want to follow his lead with
> these 2 diverse groups somehow. I am not sure if I will try and get the
> 2 groups to collab or whether I will just try to get the elderly folks
> to work together on one project first -
> I may have gotten a printer interested in donating printing and maybe
> the final will end up on a bus bench or billboard. I have not even
> started working with the elderly yet, but I am thinking this might be a
> unifying project for them. In one Assisted Living Community these
> people are totally isolated from one another by television. A project
> like this might bring them together. My problem is that I am an artist
> learning how to be a teacher - not the other way around. But I am
> thinking that it can be done - I am just curious to hear your
> experience with the project...and anyone else who may have used this
> book.
> Thanks,
> Joanna
> Englewood, CO
>> I love this book and have been inspired by it to do a cooperative
>> architectural model project with 5th grade and a school-wide mosaic
>> project also.
>> The book is well thought out and I recommend it.
>> Barbara from Boston...
>> Quoting "Joanna W." <>:
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