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Re: Ideas for lessons on colonial American art


Date: Thu Oct 11 2001 - 20:08:35 PDT

I'm still very much in the middle of this unit and haven't taken a whole lot
of pictures, but we did silhouettes

and figure silhouettes

and we marble-painted white paper with red and blue paint, then cut the
one-snip star and they wrote something about patriotism on the star and
glued it to the paper. (We were already studying the life of Betsy Ross,
flags, stars when they announced a red white and blue day at school. I'd
never marble painted with kids this old, but they really enjoyed it.)

Currently they're making paper, then will bind 3-4 sheets into books, then
write in them with quill pens.

I also hope to have them do stenciling on a t-shirt, and they'll also be
assembling wooden boxes on which they'll attach tin punch.

At least these are the plans at this point--I'm still waiting on the box
pieces, but I think that will be their major project.

We're making the paper with the pieces I cut off of copier paper to make the
square paper for the origami cranes.

I have/had a lot of other plans for this unit but found that a lot of the
kids didn't have the skills to do them.

The figure silhouettes materialized out of an introduction to contour
drawing--since they'd already done the self-portrait silhouettes. We talked
about how this was a common artform during colonial times but that they
didn't have to make their figure drawings "colonial" in nature. I enjoyed
the energy that's represented in their work--thought they did a cool job!

It's been tough getting the paper made since I'm the only one who operates
the blender with this age group. But as I've worked with a couple of kids
at a time, the rest have been doing patterned ink drawings or ripping up
more of the paper pieces...

This is sort of disjointed--way too much going on tonight :-) When I get a
second to come up for air, I'll try to post more of their projects, along
with the "how-to's"