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[teacherartexchange] I'm getting by, but I still need suggestions!


Date: Tue Oct 18 2005 - 18:28:04 PDT

Hi guys,
I've been working hard with my new batch of middle school kids. So far it's
going better. I have smaller classes this time around, and I've got the
classes much more structured. I did notice that they started getting a little
noisy today, and a few started to get out of their seats. Tomorrow I need to
remind them of the rules and explain that I will be writing up any student who
gets out of his or her seat without permission. I need to nip this in the bud
before it gets out of hand. So far, I've taught them about line and contour
drawing. Tomorrow I think I'm going to do a lesson on gesture. I'm still
looking for a way to make it fun. They tend to get bored of just line drawings. I
wish I had a really cool still life to set up, but I don't. Has anyone done a
really fun lesson on gesture drawing? After gesture, I think I'm going to go
into value and then color.

Anyway, this month is a big one: red ribbon week, Halloween and Spanish
Heritage Month.

Here's what I'm thinking:
Next week I'm supposed to have my kids make signs for the trash cans: "Drugs
are garbage." I was thinking of having the elementary kids make them, but I
wanted to think of a way to tie it into something else...maybe art as social
commentary? Any ideas? They already made signs for "Walk Safe" week, so I
hate to think of them making plain ol' signs again.

We are having a door decorating contest, so I thought about having my middle
school students make skeletons for Day of the Dead. I bought that wonderful
book on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, so I thought I could tie in a lesson on
Mexican art with Halloween, Day of the Dead and Red Ribbon Week. The skeletons
could be made on Black paper with white paint and then decorated with
goodies. They could then be placed on a banner with the message, "Say Boo to Drugs"
or "Drugs Scare me to the Bones," something like that. What do you guys think?

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