As Michal said, pinch pots, are a fundamental craft technique that you can do at
kid skill level (which my 6th graders have just done) or spend a lifetime doing as
a professional potter (think Paulus Behrenson).
This is not in Oregon using and adapting an idea that someone on Maine put
out on the web. We all share these ideas and have chosen to do so by posting.
Moreover, there is a difference between basic skills that can be done every year
at an increasing level of competance, and a kind of specific assignment that has
its moment of impact only once. I'm fortunate to be in a district where my
colleagues at the other two middle schools share, and my own rule-of-thumb is
always to try to give back more than I get. We all three do 'Van Gogh
Sunflowers' each in our own way. I would hope that the art teachers in our
feeder elementary schools honor this by teaching the same painting concepts
with a different angle. I keep track of what is done in the basic high school art
class and do not, for instance, do fancy color wheels like Sharon has on her Art-
Rageous web site because because in my district, as it happens, some of the
high school teachers have a similar assignment. There are plenty of other ways
I can give my students a foundation in color theory without causing my
colleagues to have to deal with 'we already did that'.
The thread began with a question of what you do about co-workers who
knowingly grab a lesson they know a colleague developed for a more advanced
class in the same student population, or even skim off lesson handouts without,
presumably, offering in return. It could be just insensitivity and could be ironed
out if everyone in the school/district gets together and agrees on a basic body
of lessons that will advance you in a spiral curriculum.
But I am absolutely amazed that so many of you who are telling the teacher who
is being victimized that s/he is being selfish. Shame shame.