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Re: [teacherartexchange] Mike Sacco's visual journals


Date: Sat Sep 24 2005 - 08:14:28 PDT

Thanks for looking at these and I'm glad you like them.
   I opened up the course last year with having the kids design their own
cover. Took maybe three periods to do this. I told them to buy small 5x7ish blank
sketchbooks. I had the local hardware/school supply store stock up on them,
but they're available in the office supply chains as well.
   I gave two entries a week. ONe was to use one of my demos, such as a
watercolor wash, an ink jet transfer, rubbings, etc. The other was "free" or their
choice. Sometimes I would say it was a free entry but they had to combine
media. Two media, three, etc.
   By the end of the courseI was giving my strong group complete freedom with
two free entries a week.
   With all entries, I stressed "working the page" meaning I wanted them to
really make maximum use of the space and activate it as well.
    I also stressed experimentation. I showed them burned edges, told girls
to try make up, nail polish, etc.
   I graded them on completeness, level of creativity/experimentation, and
I checked the journals every three weeks and all entries had to be labeled
and dated.
This was a lot of work for me but when I handed them back, it was show and
tell time and the students loved seeing me spotlight the "strong pages".
   Any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Mike Sacco

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