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Re: Poster Contests

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Donalyn Heise (
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 10:49:10 -0500

Hi Donald,
I coordinated a virtual conference last year that focused on the art of
posters. One school district that participated was so enthusiastic because
they were required to have every student in the district create posters
EVERY year. The conference brought more motivation and excitement.

We started by focusing on the Posters American Style exhibit from the
Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art. Therese Heyman, was the
curator of that exhibit and created a wonderful catalog. Their web site has
great resources.

I also created what I called a "Posters Resource Trunk" that contained color
images, color transparencies (low tech) images, a PowerPoint slide show,
games related to posters, inquiry based activities, instructions on how to
participate in a virtual conference, etc. There were collaborative projects,
small and large group, as well as individual. It got the kids interacting
with the images, and how they related to society, culture, and history. We
talked about advertising, how to get a message across quickly and
effectively. I used cartooning, and expressive drawing techniques, talked
about how to say it with little or no words. Then we had students create
their own posters and upload them to the Internet, and other students
responded to them. They participated in multi-age, on-line chats about
posters. The students were so excited, as were the administrators, and
community members.

Hope this helps!

Donalyn Heise
Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Specialist
ph:  (402) 895-7118
fax: (503) 210-6411

---------- >From: "Donald Peters" <softsnow> >To: >Subject: Poster Contests >Date: Wed, Oct 13, 1999, 8:32 AM >

> Does anybody else out there have this problem? I am an elementary art > teacher 1-6, it's the ninth week of school and I have yet to teach ANY of my > curriculum to grades 3-5 because of one stupid poster contest after another > that I am "required" to do. > > It is so frustrating and my students have picked up on my lack of enthusiasm > for these projects. I've been trying to keep up my enthusiasm and tried to > tie the projects in w/ a little art history and some of the elements, but > they are just so BORING!!! If I have to watch the stupid video on preventing > violence in school one more time I'll scream! (so be listening for it today > at 12:20 CDT :P ) > > Pat > > ______________________________________________________ > Get Your Private, Free Email at >