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Monet and energizers

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Linda Kelty (lckelty)
Fri, 1 May 2099 22:25:30 -0400


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I used to teach elementarty art on a cart for 17 years and now teach =
middle school art. When I taught in a K-1-2 building I developed two =
units that worked out very well. In first grade I set up a Monet =
gallery that ran the length of their hall at the student eye level. I =
put this up the week prior to the unit with signs using first grade =
vocabulary. Then we went for a gallery walk, discussing what they saw =
and thought, asking questions and supposing. It was so much fun to hear =
what they thought. Then we spent two classes reading "Linnea in Monets =
Garden". At the end of the reading they spent about 10 minutes with =
their crayons and paper drawing what most impressed them about the =
story. The third class we sequenced them on the chalkboard and then =
bound them into a book for their classroom. Writing was limited, but =
storytelling was not. First graders tell stories very well. =20
Following that we used fingerpaint and 2" brushes to "Paint Like Monet" =
and we got surprisingly sophisticated paintings...vibrant with light and =
expressing their experiences in the style of Monet. Then we did clay =
"Monet Miniatures" in 06 clay that we painted with watercolor. We had =
boats in the lillies, Monet at his easel with a hat, Linnea with a cat =
and so on. It was incredible to see just how far those kids could go. =
I have some of those same kids in middle school now and they still =
remember it. Monet is one of the artists they always know.
We studied Michaelangelo in second grade and painted "ceilings" taped to =
the underside of the tables. They really appreciated their work being =
hung from the hall ceiling and the ceiling of the pediatrician and =
pediatric dentists office. =20
I thought about writing this up and trying to get it published, but =
never seem to have time to pursue it. If any of you try it and like it, =
all to the good. The best part of a unit like this is how the kids =
become so focused, eager to have art and energize their poor old teacher =
with their enthusiasm. Anything you find that generates enthusiasm in =
your students will energize you as a teacher. Happy spring and counting =
the days. Linda Kelty, Iowa

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I used to teach elementarty art on a = cart for 17=20 years and now teach middle school art.  When I taught in a K-1-2 = building I=20 developed two units that worked out very well.  In first grade I = set up a=20 Monet gallery that ran the length of  their hall at the student eye = level.  I put this up the week prior to the unit with signs using = first=20 grade vocabulary.  Then we went for a gallery walk, discussing what = they=20 saw and thought, asking questions and supposing.  It was so much = fun to=20 hear what they thought.  Then we spent two classes reading = "Linnea in=20 Monets Garden".  At the end of the reading they spent about 10 = minutes=20 with their crayons and paper drawing what most impressed them about the=20 story.  The third class we sequenced them on the chalkboard and = then bound=20 them into a book for their classroom.  Writing was limited, but=20 storytelling was not.  First graders tell stories very well. =20
Following that we used fingerpaint and 2" = brushes to=20 "Paint Like Monet" and we got surprisingly sophisticated=20 paintings...vibrant with light and expressing their experiences in the = style of=20 Monet.  Then we did clay "Monet Miniatures" in 06 clay = that we=20 painted with watercolor.  We had boats in the lillies, Monet at his = easel=20 with a hat, Linnea with a cat and so on.  It was incredible to see = just how=20 far those kids could go.  I have some of those same kids in middle = school=20 now and they still remember it.  Monet is one of the artists they = always=20 know.
We studied Michaelangelo in second grade and painted = "ceilings" taped to the underside of the tables.  They = really=20 appreciated their work being hung from the hall ceiling and the ceiling = of the=20 pediatrician and pediatric dentists office. 
I thought about writing this up and trying to get it = published, but never seem to have time to pursue it.  If any of you = try it=20 and like it, all to the good.  The best part of a unit like this is = how the=20 kids become so focused, eager to have art and energize their poor old = teacher=20 with their enthusiasm.  Anything you find that generates enthusiasm = in your=20 students will energize you as a teacher.  Happy spring and counting = the=20 days.  Linda Kelty, Iowa
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