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Visual literacy, art name tags, CAEA conference

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mleddel_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 03 2002 - 07:51:16 PST


Hi Barbara,

Your follow-up lesson after the students saw art at the museum brought out
tears of joy. I could see the floor covered with young, inspired, and focused
students/artists as they created THEIR mural. It sounded so wonderful for
not only them but the sponsoring bank as well. I'm sure the museum staff
heard about the mural as well. (p.s. I saw 'Frida,' the movie, last night so
I have Diego --and his murals-- on my mind)

In preparation for field trips I have students make NAME TAGS in the style of
the theme of what we will be seeing--1)flowers prior to the William Morris
exhibit at The Huntington Art Collections; 2) the use of only
red-white-and-blue pencils when we viewed the traveling, Northern Trust
sponsored photographic exhibit "9,11.01: The Day That Changed the World,"
and
3) designs based on illuminated manuscripts for our visit to see the very
early books at The Huntington Library.
4) When our two, student-made quilts were hung at UCLA's Fowler's Museum of
Cultural History five years ago, our name tags included tiny, color photo
copies of the quilts. (...who said teaching was boring..)Look for us on Home
and Gardens Network, "Simply Quilts" show 311, Community Quilts. It is
usually aired once or twice a year.

just one more,
5). We have been studying the history, science, and the use of CARMINE,
that's the color that comes from the tiny Cochineal scale insect , or to be
more exact, Dactylopius coccus, that lives on the prickly pear cactus
(Opunita). Just in case you didn't know, this natural colorant is in makeup,
food and drinks, fabrics, water and oil paints. Anyway, when we are out in
public our name tag always include a litttle, color sample of our local
cochineal. Fun!

The list is endless and the pride, team work, and memories is never ending.
For example, at Back to School Night, I displayed the "911" name tags along
with accompanying student work ( the 9.11.02 paper quilt blocks that were
created last September 11). Also on display was the newspaper article and
two pictures that featured the students at the exhibit.

...gotta go back to determining 1st quarter grades, so bye

BUT FIRST, will all the people going to California's Art Educators
Association Conference (November 14-17, 2002 in Irvine), please stand up.
GREAT!
I would love to meet up with this fantastic community of creative beings on
Thursday or Friday. What is the best way? Sure I will wear my name tag, but
there has got to be a better way to identify ArtsEdNet talkers.
 

Michelle Leddel
...at the foot of the Getty Center AND around the corner from The Huntington
Library, Art Collections, and Botantical Center in Southern California

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