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Re: 10-min. art lesson for PARENTS on Sat.

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Sharon Hause (smhause)
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 18:26:14 PDT

I too had a parents night recently where I was to stand before all the 6th
grade parents and explain my curriculum, schedule, grading procedure, etc.
etc. etc. Anyway I had the most important ideas on an overhead and talked
as they could read "the rules" (I hate being read to) Then I put up a
transparenacy or Grant Woods, "American Gothic" (I live in the Midwest) and
had a group critique. Then I put up Pablo Picasso's "Sylvette" and did a
group critique and did some comparing and contrasting. They loved it. I
ended up asking simple questions like, "Which painting if you had the choice
would you hang up in your home, and "Which artist do you admire more," etc.
It was fun and they got to see some of the things we do and think in the
classroom, other than creating a final product.

>From: "Sharon Barrett Kennedy" <sharonbk>
>To: "Artsednet" <>
>Subject: 10-min. art lesson for PARENTS on Sat.
>Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 22:33:34 -0400
>Okay--here's the deal. It's Parents' Weekend at my school and on Saturday
>parents will be going through their child's schedule, having 10 minutes for
>each class. (It's a private boarding/day school--that's why it's on
>I'd planned on giving an overview of the course, describing what I hope to
>accomplish this year, telling them a little about my background, briefly
>sharing my philosophy of art education etc, etc. I figured I had plenty to
>fill 10 minutes, especially if I allowed a couple of minutes for general
>Well. The powers that be have now decided that they want us to do a mini
>lesson in our subject.... I'm drawing a blank (no pun intended!) as I'm
>also trying to put up our first major exhibit, get the room in some
>semblance of order, and gear up for a full day of regular classes on
>and then conferences with individual parents from 4 until about 8:30 Friday
>Does anyone have any ideas for something that I can do (lesson wise) for
>about 10 minutes that would require minimal setup-cleanup and yet be (dare
>say--hehehe) as "impressive" as my talk would have been? I teach students
>grade 5-12 so it should be middle/high school-oriented.
>Thanks for your help (again, and again, and again!)

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