In a message dated 10/18/2003 8:53:50 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Our classes are 45 minutes long, once a week. Most of my projects take from
4 -6 weeks. Some run longer. I go for quality instead of quantity. I
grade them for different aspects of each project. e.g.: drawing, coloring,
cutting and pasting, etc. depending on the objectives. I figure that by the
time I review the art history, explain the directions, give out supplies
and then allow time for clean up, we have about 20 minutes of working time.
So it's really not that much when you add it all together.
As usual with your posts, that could have been ME writing this! I consider
attitude and effort in my grading, as well. I have 40 min. once a week with
each class (and I believe that you and I are lucky to have the same low number of
classes to teach), but I find the same lousy 20 min. left to make the art.
However, my 4-5 yr. old kinders, for example, can tell you all about van Gogh,
Matisse, Mondrian and discuss their styles of art. They can explain how to
cut a square into two triangles, how a line makes a shape, and they understand
how to create patterns, new colors, and use them in their art- and it's only
Oct.! I agree that the routine of group discussions, review for understanding,
and meaningful engagement with our kids is critical, so I often sacrifice the
hands-on time for that.
Susan on Long Island