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Re: Deb: Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?

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DWHEEL5645_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Oct 22 2000 - 06:03:30 PDT


I guess if you have only one hour a week, I sure understand you'd feel
differently about it, seems like there should be a lot more art in the
elementary grades than that - what was the original problema? oh yes, a
principal who wanted only well written, grammatically correct papers on
display... would the language art teachers in each grade team teach with you
on this one? when I did my student teaching in 3rd and 6th grade, the kids
wrote stories through story starters...wild ones I might add, art histiory or
a particular style or artist could easily be turned into a wonderful
art/language arts assignment. Native american art, French artists, the ideas
are endless, even history, science, and math(M.C.Escher) could be used...IF
this is some kind of district or state mandate that you do writing in your
classes or if you feel writing about art is valuable to your students(which
the original post also felt - was it you?), then the background, and maybe
the webbing and/or brainstorming could be done in art, and the actual writing
done in a different class. You could share art posters, or the kids could do
the art work for a thematic unit on insects, or space, etc., etc., etc.,
didn't mean to be difficult in my first letter. I spend time begging the
senior English teachers to team teach a lesson on heraldry with me, even to
bring the kids to art to make the shields...but so far, no takers, it would
look great in her class, and it would be fun, and it would give both of us a
brownie point or 2, plus fit in with our district's encouragement for this
type of teaching...but so far their schedules are too tight to fit it in. :-)
Deb W