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Re: The same lessons, year after year....


Date: Sun Nov 28 2004 - 18:27:01 PST

The following are lessons that I repeat every year and don't ask me how
many years I've been doing them...a long time. The reason I keep doing
these is because they work so danged well and accomplish a lot in one
lesson. Funny, but I don't get tired of these lessons. They weren't
nearly as long as the chairs, though.

2nd grade _ clay bird's nests and birds.
This lesson combines pinch pots, coils, modeled forms, slip,
fingerwelding, texturing. It fits their hand size and is a great
compact skill developing lesson. Also, parents threaten mutiny if I
ever quit doing these, haha.

2nd grade - guided self portraits
feature by feature, we discuss and then draw using mirrors.

3rd grade - Ocean watercolors
This lesson follows a trip to the aquarium where the kids draw on
location. It is combined with a Science unit. I teach this as a major
overlapping lesson, right brained drawing techniques, and much's a compositional goldmine lesson.

3rd grade - still life - 3rd grade is a major overlapping year. Lots of
observational drawing, too, in my 3rd grade class.

5th grade - Funny Face Self Portraits -
working from a photograph of the kid making a silly or emotional face.
Heavy right brain drawing techniques.

5th - gargoyles in clay -
Kids draw a hollow figure and place tracing paper over it to diagram in
cross section how they will build it...coil, slab, pinch pot, where the
air vents need to be, etc.

5th - Mixed breed animals...almost every year.

5th grade - Now it seems that the Oaxacan animals are a standby.

6th - metalsmithing - etchng, forging a bracelet, learning to rivet.
I teach metals in 6th because they are my oldest grade level and they
can do it! It's special for them.

I know there are more, but this gives you an idea.

Linda Woods

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