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RE: Need art activity for staff meeting!


From: Patricia Banas (pbanas_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Nov 05 2002 - 05:07:18 PST

Ok..maybe you have heard this one.....but it is one I like for adults and
kids....Put everyone into small groups...give them a bag of "stuff" (
straws, paper, masking tape) and tell them their task is to construct a
tower...without talking...nonverbal communication only...and the tallest
standing tower wins...or maybe an award for the "most creative".....whatever
you wish....It is a little corny...but definitely fun and a good team
builder.... When we did it at my school- I communicated in ways I didn't
know possible...with teachers...I had barely communicated verbally with in
the past due to conflicting schedules in a big school...since then...I have
some common bond with these teachers...and we still laugh about it...but it
certainly brought us together....
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Sent: Monday, November 04, 2002 11:53 PM
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Subject: Need art activity for staff meeting!
The principal asked me if I would lead an art activity at the
next staff meeting. Sure, says me! Then think... what to do??!
I thought first of doing CD tops. I have some made, just need
markers, bring in the top collection. All set.
Now I learn that this is to be a community-building activity...
something akin to the stress-challenge ropes course we
did at our inservice, but from a different perspective.
Teamwork, trust, collaborative... that kind of thing.
OK... now what? Another factor is time - 20 minutes.
Another factor is prep. I don't want to spend hours getting
ready for this 20 minute activity, and I've just been diagnosed
with a carpal tunnel injury (paper cutter marathon), so I'm
trying to take it easy with preps this week.
So far the only thing I've come up with is a Cadavre Exquis -
(a parlor game played by french artists in 1920s).
In the Sept/Oct issue of Somerset Studio there is a spread
by a high school teacher using this collaborative collage
technique. She used magazines for the collage work to
wonderful effect. The only other thing I can think of is some
kind of teamwork activity - making a kinetic sculpture or somesuch.
Anybody have any ideas or suggestions for me?
Thanks in advance! ---