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Re: Monet and energizers

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Sun, 02 May 1999 21:24:18 -0400

Linda Kelty wrote:
> 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.
> 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.
> 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


How did you display the Monet miniatures?

Ricki in NJ