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Re: MIssing art or a special for classroom discipline

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Tue Oct 14 2003 - 19:31:10 PDT


I like to give short projects or one day projects (hence the one day
projects list idea) to the kids that are ahead while the other kids
catch up. I also ask the kids who are behind what classes the other two
sections might be ahead in. They always seem to know. Its just a
shortcut to asking that other teacher if they want to try to even out
their schedule by trying to help me. Sometimes I actually have to pull
out the schedule book and figure it out myself. It's been so easy this
month, being that Halloween is at the end of the month. I've had
halloween costume crowds of people with overlapping and depth (houses
trees, sidewalks, shrubbery and houses behind the people, some people on
the sidewalk, in the grass, at the doors, stuff in windows, trees behind
the houses, etc. It's been great for depth, kids are having fun, and
it's also been great for creativity as they try to think up the most
random or quirky costumes. so that their crowd of people will be fun to
draw. Of course, there are various ages, from todlers and babies in
wagons to kids on skates, grandmas waiting at the curb, and so on. Some
kids even rode bikes that were part of their costume. It's been so nice
to have an easy reprieve from my clay projects and wood projects and
painting projects. Everyone needs to take a breather in the prep
department now and then!

Linda Woods,
Visit our Students' Art Gallery at St. John's School: www.sjs.org,
click on Fine Arts, Click on Lower and 6th Grade Art Gallery.

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