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[teacherartexchange] Index Card Idea List


Date: Tue Sep 11 2007 - 11:16:15 PDT

ok, I asked and I received....many THANKS for the ideas about how we could use our 8000 index cards! Kids brainstormed, too. Although I am sure there are more, I have compiled it and here in case you want to use some!
creatively, Linda in Oregon

IDEAS for index cards
• self portrait on first day, student information on the back (name, address, hobbies, etc)
• First day activity -on one side answer -What is Art? What is your favorite media? What frustration have you had in art before and/or what is something you worry about in art?
What is something you would like to try this term? On the other side draw your favorite activity.
• design their own postcard that is then sent home to their parents with a note from the teacher
• flip books
• “table tents” for their name
 • draw X from corner to corner, between the lines measure for an opening in the middle, cut out to use for a viewfinder
• contour drawing blinders a la Marvin Bartel
• tessellations a la Jim McNeill
• small sketch or technique practice book- Use the Japanese binding technique,
• make boxes
• tower challenge
• mount small examples of art for sorting exercises, etc
• create a matching game
• accordion book
• challenge for students – what can you make with 10 ? 20?
• ATC's
• Christmas Ornaments
• Paint Palettes
• Calligraphy Material
• Chunky Book Pages
• Greeting Cards
• “HOT TOPICS” students respond to ?s, cards with answers posted
• Inventors Challenge – group named for inventor/innovator, write an innovation on each card, use cards to make the highest tower
• cut slits 1/3 of the way through in random places, give to students to build something
• tags for image on one side, message on the other- hang on tree or other to commemorate event 9/11, etc
• decorate first then stack “house of cards” fashion
• scrapers for paint
• name tent for table decorated like a car tag (i.e. vanity plate), write goals for the course on the back
• flash cards – magazine images representing elements and principles, etc
• cut shapes and letters for stencils, crayon rubbings
• draw object or letters over the lined portion, add color changing each time a line is crossed (either drawn line or preprinted line)

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