An idea I used that the college students (Jr. & Senior art ed.
students in my case) and my students really got involved with was a
drawing assignment that was an exchange. Both groups did the same
assignment then traded work. The next lesson involved critique. Both
groups of students made a critique of the work of the other and were
excited to see how a different age group approached the same
With my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders I added an additional lesson. Each
separate class assumed the role of the jury for an art show and
selected as a group 5 pieces from the work of the college group. They
first set up the criteria and then discussed and discussed and
discussed the selection. We kept records of the criteria and the
final selection from all the classes and made a chart. From this I
hoped they would begin to understand the decision process of a jury
selection and how different the outcome could be depending on the
opinion of the members of the jury. Each class had a different
selection of "winners"
I wanted them to understand that when their work is not selected for a
contest or show outside of school that it is not a judgement of their
art work - just a selection of a few judges who have to accept a
limited number of pieces limited by the criteria. I wanted to offer
support for entering competitions and the disappointment of being
rejected which is so much a part of the art world.
The drawing assignment was from my student teacher at the college.
From bags marked nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs each child
pulled out 4 words and combined them to create the art work. ....for
example a tall bug danced smoothly.
when the college class visited the school my students were very
familiar with their art work and the college students had a good look
at many ways children can interpret an idea.
From: "barbara antebi" <email@example.com>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: college/high school program
Date: Fri, Sep 13, 2002, 2:10 PM
I am about to create a project with the Art Department in our local
university and I would like to know if anyone out there has ever done
something like this before. We want to involve our high school art
students with the university. Summer programs, school visit, etc.
have been suggested but I was hoping that someone might have a
creative and intersting idea to fuel this project.
Thanks in advance.
Barbara in El Paso
"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers
and the rest of us would have to settle for something less"...Lee