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Re: [teacherartexchange] first 8th Grade painting project


Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 15:42:50 PDT

Hi, Gaby,

I can understand how the quilt design would be hard for these guys to follow through on--it
sounds like it takes a lot of concentration, detail, and finer motor skills than they are
capable of at this point. The first thing I thought of when I read your letter was a very
successful painting I did with fifth graders: basically, the old painting-to-music assignment.
 I got the idea from Larry Seiler, who posted it on IAD. His lesson had more content than the
usual lesson of this sort. Here's a link to it: It can be done as ADD or OCD as
the kids desire. You can use two or three different types of music for the students to
choose to respond to. The paintings my fifth graders did were absolutely beautiful. They
really got it. If you would like me to send you my take on the lesson, let me know.


> Hi everyone,
> I teach 8th grade art and did not have very much success with the first painting project I
> gave them this year. I'm working in a special ed school so the kids are very ADHD, and have a
> lot of trouble with small details (ie. staying in the lines) unless they have OCD ( not a
> joke).

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