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Re: [teacherartexchange] Teaching art to at risk kids


Date: Sun Sep 09 2007 - 19:06:26 PDT

At risk kids:

Yes, I worked with a similar group for a number of years. They LOVED
clay. I also did colored modeling clay-the kind used for animation
characters and they made a music video -not real animation. They
stuck barbecue skewers -the skinny wood ones- in the figures and had
them dance around by climbing under two tables and sticking the skewer
between them so it was concealed from the camera. The figures could
then be twirled and moved while a kid shot the action in real time
with a video camera. A backdrop of the housing project the kids lived
in was what they selected as the setting. I drove by the place afetr
school, took a digital photo-dragged it into iphoto and made 6 colored
full-size prints. The kids cut and mounted the 6 photos on a long
piece of cardboard and propped it on the table and taped it to the
wall. Voila! We had the 'hood that the kids wanted in their video. We
did all the filming and added a behind the scenes section showing the
kids making the claymation figures and putting the scenery in place.
Even had some bloopers where the heads fell off the characters. They
chose some Spanish reggae music-their own CD's that we imported into
the project after all the video was complete. It went over really well.


> This is my first post I am teaching at an Alternative School for at risk
> kids. They range in age from 8 to 20 . They are kids whom have been
> placed here by
> their home schools due to behavioral or legal issues. I was wondering if
> anyone has ever worked with this clientel. I have 22 years
> experience teaching
> High School Art but I think I have met my match with this group. Thanks Gina
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