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Lesson Plans

ideas from catalogs/self portraits

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Betty Bowen (
Tue, 5 Oct 1999 08:23:54 -0500

The Christmas catalog surge has begun. If any of you have the Boston Museum
of Art, Met, or Chicago catalogs, there are some great ideas lurking in the
children's sections. It seems that the hot item this year is magnetic
mosaics - colored foam with magnet backing. The Hearthsong catalog also has
them, but in "dots" with references to Australian painting in the
description - the kit comes with 2000 dots in good colors. The "color cube"
for learning digital color theory looks fun too -I think they would both be
great for an early finishers activity center.
I wish I knew a cheap source for magnetic backed foam - I think my
refrigerator could do with an all-over magnetic dot mosaic.

Hearthsong has one item I'm often meant to mention, because you could easily
make it yourself. It is an acrylic (plexi) sheet. It comes with a set of
strips of mirrored mylar (available at any sign company) cut in strips.
These strips are stuck on the plexi sheet on both sides with the result
being alternated clear and mirrored stripes of equal width. The kids hold
these up facing each other - every other stripe is their face, every other
stripe is their partner's face.
I think this would really be fun for self-portraits.