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Lesson Plans

Art Class Demos

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Marvin P Bartel (marvinpb)
Tue, 6 Oct 1998 19:14:17 -0500

Many of us already have a fairly large video monitor in our classrooms with
which to show videos. I have found that I can wire a video camera directly
to the video monitor and focus the camera on what I am doing during a
demonstration. Generally I place it so the camera sees what I see. A large
class can all see exactly what I am doing from the same viewpoint as they
see it when they do it. I improvise a way to mount the camera directly over
my demonstration. It can require a quantity of duct tape to mount a tripod
properly. By zooming in close, I can show very small procedures so the whole
class can see. If a student happens to be absent, they can watch the tape,
or another student can do the demo for them. I like to work close to the
monitor so students can see both the monitor and me without much trouble.

Having said this, I don't favor demonstrations as the best way to teach a
new thing. I favor every student doing step-by-step preliminary practice.
When their hands are doing it, they are never unattentive to instructions.
They remember it better. When a demo has to be used, it seems to work best
to have students themselves to practice as soon as possible after the demo.
Our November, 98, Visiting Artist, Mary Ellen Mark is at:
Our current gallery schedule:
Marvin Bartel, EdD., Professor of Art
Goshen College, 1700 South Main St., Goshen IN 46526
Office (219) 535-7592 Fax (219)535-7660
Studio (219) 533-0171
To preview my October, 98 exhibition:
The show runs through Oct 25
In the Goshen College Art Gallery, Good Library
Fax (219) 535-7660
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