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I agree with your statment about the trees and using that opportunity to
connect with art - that's the natural correlation I have been TALKING
ABOUT!! Hooray!! You've got it!!
We're on a roll here - let's get positive not!!
With scientific, seasonal and real art regards,
On Wed, 9 Oct 1996, Brian Foster wrote:
> hi bunky and lynn;
> Would you two cool it! .............That's better.......take a deep breath.
> I am sure you are both great teachers ......in fact I'm sure 99% of
> educators posting on this forum are such.......it is the nature of the beast.
> I go along with Lynns' objection to Cookie Cutter Art with pre made
> stencils and pre-cut witches to color.
> In my position as elementary art specialist, I service....whoops-bad
> word choice.. I VISIT 27 different K-5 classrooms. Most of my teachers
> have little formal art training, but believe in our new art program. Yes,
> their rooms are decorated with student decorated stencil cut-outs of
> pumpkins, witches etc. -- the kids love this stuff.... it stirs up their
> excitement for "Dentists day" with all the traditional (to them) trappings
> of halloweens of yore.
> If we treat these trappings as decorations and do not attach too much
> artistic importance to them we can observe their glowing greedy little eyes
> as they anticipate their glucosine lucre. Although I don't "do" halloween
> I'm not about to be a grinch. When I had my own classroom in both middle
> and high school I allowed kids who had free time to string black and orge
> chains about the room....and possibly conjure up a scairy spirit or two
> And while seasonal art for convenience sake is laziness....if you are
> looking out the classroom window at a mixed forest of maples birchs and
> evergreens and fail to attach the color change to the color wheel-marvel at
> the symetry in the fallen leaves or explore the structure of trees and
> re-enforce the basic idea of the changes in chemical makeup ie. chlorophyl
> or take a sketchbook hike and use the artists' thumb to demonstrate
> preportion H/W and in older kids, ratio with perspective.
> It would seem like a lot of DBBS to ignore the aesthetics of nature
> when the trees are all dressed up and screaming --LOOK AT ME!!!! merely to
> avoid getting caught in a seasonal trap.
> For those of you in Southern California, Florida or other such
> localities.. Please ignore this post because you won't know what the h...
> I'm talking about- a pity
> ADIOS, Brian