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
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 http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/mcneill.htm
small sketch or technique practice book- Use the Japanese binding technique, http://www.sdmart.org/pix/japanesebook.pdf
mount small examples of art for sorting exercises, etc
create a matching game
accordion book http://www.makingbooks.com/indexcard.shtml
challenge for students what can you make with 10 ? 20?
Chunky Book Pages
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)