I think Sid's comments about your situation are right on the mark! However,
since you are in this situation with mixed grades...
I like your idea of themes like horses. How about sports, superheroes,
monsters, food, money, masks, etc? Then create activity centers around each
theme. Some kids could be drawing, others could be doing simple printmaking
or other activities. The idea is to have something that each grade level
can do. Then, as they finish their center, they might be tempted to try
something a little more difficult. You might be able to recruit the older
kids as they learn a center, to be teachers for the younger kids.
I think that it is very possible to teach drawing in this situation, but
just in little bits, like 15 minutes max. I find drawing is easier to teach
when kids get to be part of the still life arranging. Try teaching ellipses
and perspective by using Styrofoam cups. In groups of four, each kid gets
to position the cup and have everyone draw it. The next kid gets to break a
piece off the cup, arrange the two pieces, then everyone draws. This keeps
going around the table until you decide to end it. Kids love this process
Good luck with your situation. Keep us informed as to what happens!
Alix E. Peshette
Technology Training Specialist
Davis Joint Unified School District
From: Sidnie Miller [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2004 12:38 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Drawing situation
Hi , I dont understand what you mean by classes of 12--do you mean you
take only 12 students or you do 12 each day? It sounds like some of the
parents are just using you for child care. Are you doing this on your
own time or is the school sponsoring it like an afterschool program? I
wouldn't even consider putting up with a child who isn't really into art
if it's on MY time. I would be very selective as to who I would take.
I also wouldn't take mixed grades--maybe have a primary night and an
upper grade night. Actually I think primary kids should be outside
playing after school! How much do you charge? Make sure you charge
more than child care so that would be eliminated. Sid
I am in a situation I am not sure how to handle.
I teach several after school classes of 12. The parents pay for the
Last year I tried Larry's lesson how to draw shells because I wanted
them to learn to draw and I thought his was great. It pretty much
frustrated some of them and they eventually dropped. They were 5th and
Now this year my classes are 1st-6th and some parents want me to teach
them to draw. About half the kids are interested.
I don't know really where to begin. The kids like projects more and I
am afraid I may frustrate some of the kids and they may decide they just
are not artists and quit. But it looks like I may lose some if I keep
with just projects.
Should I pick a common interest like horses and do grid drawing or
should I do a still life? It's really a difficult range of ages to
Thanks for anyone's advice.
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