Diane L. wrote: > > Dear Pals, thanks again for all your encouragement, advice and friendship. > I always wanted a penpal, and now I've got dozens. You've helped me get > through my first year of teaching art, k-2, with flying colors, (pun > intended). I've laughed with you and cried with you, even shared > frustration with you over nasty listserver postings. Many of your lesson > plans have helped pull me through a difficult week, especially when I had > my 5th cold of the year, and could hardly think let alone do art. I'm > happy to report that the cold I have now (and for the past 3 weeks, due I > believe to the kid who sneezed in my face while I was helping him put > feather 'hair' on his puppet, is just about gone. I'm hoping to get out of > school before chickenpox season starts. Last day of classes for us is June > 3rd, private school schedule. This summer I'll have a brief rest and then > be working in an art camp, (I'd rather be relaxing or doing my own art > work, which is influenced by East Asian ink brush painting, but the camp > director gave me a nice recommendation for my teaching position, so I guess > I certainly owe her a summer. At any rate, I can't really complain, since > it's only 4 weeks and only, let's see, 16 daily lesson plans for early > childhood students. (yiks! I hope burnout cures fast). Anyway, I'd like > to share a lesson plan with you guys, maybe you can use it in a pinch > during the last days of school, It worked well for me. > > 2nd grade. > Reference: Art Synetics by Nicholas Roukes > Visual: see page 33 in above book. Show students photo of face with ears > for eyes. Show students an abstract portrait, say, one by Picasso such as > his painting of Gertrude Stein. > Discussion: Transformation using art skills, Showing people, objects in a > new way, maybe how we feel about them, maybe how we could improve them, > maybe how we could reinvent them. > Hand out 8z10" sheets of paper, helps to use a type of paper they never > used before, such as gray charcoal paper, and charcoal sticks, (we hadn't > used either of these before so it added to the novelty of the lesson). > Challenge: Ask students to use some of the elements of art they learned > during the year, such as line shape and texture, to create wacky, > reinvented, transformed pictures of everyday things, or persons. (let them > do as many as they want.) > Assessment: Hold them up, show the class as they are finished, tack as > many to the bulletin board as possible) Ask students to describe what they > did, and how they did it. > > We had a lot of fun with this. Some students even did portraits of me. > Glad I have a sense of humor. > > Well... I still have to write my end of the year reports, do inventory, > clean the room and order supplies. Students still have to finish puppets, > etc. I'll probably still check in over the summer to see how you guys are. > With much love, Diane L.
Diane, To prevent colds many of us use Echinacea-Golden Seal which are
natural herb pills. As soon as you feel the symptoms of a cold take
several pills every four hours. Some teachers like to use Zinc. It
really helps when the kids are snorting and sneezing all over us.