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Re: Grandmothers Club/ Portraits

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ARTNSOUL12_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Sep 26 2004 - 05:51:01 PDT


Hi, Woody and All,
That's a cool ideaI, especially since young kids don't really have a good
concept of age. I have done a lesson based around grandparents on the 2nd grade
level (but can be older grades as well) . I asked the students to bring in a
picture of a grandparent. Then, they draw from the picture and paint with
tempera and/or watercolors. Needless to say, it's a winner! The classroom
teacher collaborates with me and the kids write a memory they have with a
grandparent, or something that reminds them of the grandparent and we attach it to the
portrait. Keep in mind that (by Hallmark probably) a Grandparents Day has been
designated, so it could coincide with that time of year. Wrinkles are so
much fun....to DRAW!

Speaking of grandchildren ....recently my 3 yr. old granddaughter and my 1
1/2 grandson (I start 'em young!) were painting with tempera paint in their
playroom/studio in my home. The 1 1/2 yr. old "painted" the 3 1/2 year old's
sleeve of her dress. I said, "Nana will wash the sleeve and dry it with a hair
dryer." To that my granddaughter replied, "Nana, you can wash the sleeve, but
you don't have to dry it. The water will evaporate." Art and science...it's
amazing with the little ones know today- t.v. and computers!
Susan on Long Island

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