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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Sep 12 2008 - 04:53:31 PDT


Kris' site at http://www.krisfontes.com/ is awesome. My students love the
projects there! My Digital Communications class requires I teach Web Design,
PhotoShop, & Video Editing. Some of my assignments are at
http://www.geocities.com/webtechclass . This site is mainly where I put
handouts & examples of what the project should look like, along with student
pages (I have them create a webpage & put all assignments on their site). I
don't have a lot of examples of my Photoshop or video projects, but you can
see those on student pages.
~Michal

> Hi, all!
> Like someone else who recently wrote in, I'm teaching digital this year.
> It's really fun, but my skills are not yet where they should be. (Let's
> hear it for admin who thinks that because you can teach drawing,
> ceramics, painting, 2-D, ESL, and French, beginning and advanced in all
> classes, tyou can certainly also effectively teach digital at the h.s
> level with 6 weeks prep). I don't want my better students to miss out..
> I've seen Ken Scwab's and H. Olejarz's wonderful websites, but if anyone
> else has any projects, books, workshops, tutorial blogs, websites, etc.
> to share, my students and I would really appreciate this. I will share
> back.
>
> Thanks,
> Claire
> cdanthes@dphs.org
>
>
> On Sep 11, 2008, at 1:00 AM, TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group digest
> wrote:
>
>> TEACHERARTEXCHANGE Digest for Wednesday, September 10, 2008.
>>
>> 1. Re: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> 2. loose graphite
>> 3. RE: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> 4. RE: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> 5. RE: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> 6. A bit OT - call for help in TX
>> 7. Help! new preschool assignment
>> 8. RE: Help! new preschool assignment
>> 9. RE: Help! new preschool assignment
>> 10. Re: Help! new preschool assignment
>> 11. Teaching to Observe
>>
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>>
>> Subject: Re: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> From: "Rebecca Burch" <mamallama@gmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 05:44:55 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 1
>>
>> I think the custodian is being unreasonable. If you don't want to
>> clean, don't get a job cleaning! I'm sure you do all you can to keep
>> it contained, and it's not like you're always leaving messes for him
>> to clean up. It sounds like the VP realizes he's being unreasonable,
>> too.
>>
>> I didn't know about the sticky mat. That's a neat idea.
>>
>> Other than that, the only thing I could think of would be to keep a
>> swiffer or something around and don't let the kids walk out until
>> you've swiffer'd. Maybe even have them remove their shoes and keep
>> them by the classroom door, so that the stuff doesn't get onto the
>> shoes and tracked out of the classroom. If that doesn't make him
>> happy, he's probably determined not to be and there isn't much you can
>> do about it.
>>
>> -b-
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 10:37 PM, Betty B <bettycarol_40@sbcglobal.net>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I decided several things, like -loose graphite is awesome, and the
>>> difference it made in this project is worth the trouble. It helped my
>>> kids loosen up, their drawings look freer and more relaxed.
>>>
>>> The vice-principal called me at home tonight about this, and wanted to
>>> know what they could buy me to help. They are trying to be helpful and
>>> are not trying to get me to not use these projects. (She told me the
>>> same custodian used to yell at her for using glitter) My actual
>>> classroom custodian is awesome, and is not the least bit bothered, its
>>> just the guy in the cafeteria. I guess I am just embarassed that this
>>> was my first real interaction with the new principal.
>>>
>>> sigh. Art leaks! Whatever I do, I can't guarantee it will stay in the
>>> room - its like telling the band to keep the music inside their room
>>> and not let it leak into the hall.
>>>
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>> Subject: loose graphite
>> From: Pam Wellington <loveart@hotmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:56:42 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 2
>>
>>
>> Dear Betty,
>> When I use charcoal I give the students a dust pan and have them sweep
>> all the looose charcoal which is on the table and any that landed on
>> the floor into the pan and into the trash. HOWEVER, you never, ever
>> need to apologize for making a mess in the art room! Don't ever
>> apologize to anyone for it! Art classes are MESSY. The job of the
>> custodian is to CLEAN. That is what he/she gets PAID to do. It is
>> rediculous for any administrator to even give an ear to any custodian
>> complaining about having to clean up a legitimate mess made in any room!
>> But ART?! Don't let it get to you. The custodian who complained is the
>> one who should be in trouble, not you! As long as the mess is
>> reasonable, not deliberate or over the top.
>> Pam Wellington
>> Art Dept. Chair
>> Boiling Springs H.S
>> Boiling Springs,Pa
>>
>>
>>> Subject: loose graphite/charcoal management
>>> From: Betty B
>>> Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2008 13:16:18 -0700 (PDT)
>>> X-Message-Number: 2
>>>
>>> Before the school year started, I found my first-year journal, and I
>>> wrote about how, when I did charcoal, the custodian told other teachers
>>> she would quit if they didn't get rid of me. Well, it is 8 years later
>>> and I haven't done charcoal or loose graphite since.
>>
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>> Subject: RE: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> From: "Peshette, Alix" <apeshette@placercoe.k12.ca.us>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 09:30:12 -0700
>> X-Message-Number: 3
>>
>> Betty,
>> I'm glad to hear that the vice-principal called wanting to solve the
>> problem with better equipment. Like Ken, I don't know what loose
>> graphite and charcoal are, but I can guess at the set-up and cleaning
>> issues. Some thoughts that come to mind are:
>>
>> Like glitter (I laughed out loud about your vice-principal's comments on
>> her glitter use), maybe the students need to be working in an
>> environment that has an edge - like inside the lid of a paper box. This
>> way the graphite will have more containment.
>>
>> If this stuff has a tendency to be somewhat airborne, maybe it needs to
>> be used in what would be a "spray painting booth." One can build one
>> these with PVC pipe and fittings (no glue so that it can be
>> disassembled) and a roll of plastic sheeting from the local hardware big
>> box store. The booth can sit on a table top or be a full-size walk-in.
>>
>>
>> I totally appreciate the conundrum of messy art and custodians. I once
>> did a three-week paper mache skeleton project for Dia de Los Muertos
>> with 7th graders in a portable classroom that had carpeting. The
>> students' skeletons were fabulous, but the room was never quite the
>> same! LOL! I was also very, very, very nice to my custodian for the
>> rest of my time in that classroom!
>>
>> -Alix
>> (former junior high art teacher)
>>
>>
>> Alix E. Peshette
>> Instructional Technology Coordinator
>> Placer County Office of Education
>> 360 Nevada St.
>> Auburn, CA. 95603 USA
>> 530-889-5976
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Betty B [mailto:bettycarol_40@sbcglobal.net]
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 7:38 PM
>> Subject: Re: loose graphite/charcoal management
>>
>> I decided several things, like -loose graphite is awesome, and the
>> difference it made in this project is worth the trouble. It helped my
>> kids loosen up, their drawings look freer and more relaxed.
>>
>> The vice-principal called me at home tonight about this, and wanted to
>> know what they could buy me to help. They are trying to be helpful and
>> are not trying to get me to not use these projects. (She told me the
>> same custodian used to yell at her for using glitter) My actual
>> classroom custodian is awesome, and is not the least bit bothered, its
>> just the guy in the cafeteria. I guess I am just embarassed that this
>> was my first real interaction with the new principal.
>>
>> sigh. Art leaks! Whatever I do, I can't guarantee it will stay in the
>> room - its like telling the band to keep the music inside their room and
>> not let it leak into the hall.
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Subject: RE: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> From: "Hillmer, Jan" <HillmJan@Berkeleyprep.org>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 12:41:17 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 4
>>
>>
>> "sigh. Art leaks! Whatever I do, I can't guarantee it will stay in the
>> room - its like telling the band to keep the music inside their room and
>> not let it leak into the hall."
>>
>> And that's the wonder and beauty of it all.
>> Jan in Tampa
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Subject: RE: loose graphite/charcoal management
>> From: Betty B <bettycarol_40@sbcglobal.net>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:12:43 -0700 (PDT)
>> X-Message-Number: 5
>>
>> For those of you who don't use loose graphite - it is
>> General's Graphite, "since 1889" I'll post some photos of finished
>> pieces later.
>>
>> It has gone ok so far today, telling the kids no more graphite, but one
>> troubled young man who loves art, and had an excellent drawing, just
>> totally shut down, as there was "no point" in going on. The others who
>> were behind were fine with using the ebony pencils. He put his drawing
>> in the trash and just sat staring unblinking all hour, tearing little
>> notecards up into tiny bits, which is what he does when stressed.
>> So managing to not cry was my big accomplishment, but I did take his
>> drawing out of the trash and tomorrow hopefully they will have the
>> "carpenters felt" they think will work, and he can do it then.
>>
>>
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Subject: A bit OT - call for help in TX
>> From: Heather_Hayes@roundrockisd.org
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 13:08:22 -0500
>> X-Message-Number: 6
>>
>> I am helping to organize an art festival designed to benefit a group
>> of refugees from Burma living in Austin. They're from a tribe that
>> has a strong tradition of weaving, and they make beautiful handbags
>> and related items.
>>
>> Anyway, part of the festival is gathering up other things sold by
>> fair trade/charity type groups. We've lined up some paper bead
>> jewelry made by women in Uganda, and possibly another group in
>> Central America that helps kids leave gangs.
>>
>> Does anyone know of a fair trade arts/craft type of group that might
>> want to participate in this? I know of 10,000 Villages, but they're
>> too big and incorporated to join in on our festival.
>>
>> If you have any ideas for me, PLEASE EMAIL ME OFF-LIST!!! I don't
>> want to clog up this list with unrelated posts.
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Heather in TX
>>
>>
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Subject: Help! new preschool assignment
>> From: robin phillips <robinmcp@hotmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:07:50 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 7
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear Fellow ArtsEdNet Friends,
>>
>> Help! I just found out that I will be "teaching" art to a group of 20
>> preschoolers in about 2 weeks! Our school received a grant to start a
>> preschool class in our elementary building and in order for the teacher
>> to get her contractual 40 minute prep, the specialists are being tapped
>> for one 40 minute class a week. These 4 year olds will have a full day
>> because there isn't enough money in the budget for transportation to do
>> two half day sessions. I cannot imagine that a full day is a wise
>> choice for any 4 year old.... but that's how it's going to happen! I
>> will have the option of going to their classroom or having them come to
>> mine - right now I'm planning to go there (no bathroom facilities in my
>> room), but I'd love to hear your thoghts on this. Any help will be
>> appreciated - lessons, activities, etc. I am having a hard time getting
>> excited about taking on an 8th prep!
>> Looking forward to your feedback
>>
>> Robin in PA
>>
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>> Subject: RE: Help! new preschool assignment
>> From: San D Hasselman <shasselman@hotmail.com>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 23:18:55 +0000
>> X-Message-Number: 8
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi Robin
>>
>>
>> If you are in a public school I would recommend that you go to your
>> union rep, and ask if this is possible. If your contract allows the 8th
>> prep without additional compensation or without some other
>> consideration, make sure it is written in for next time. Our contract
>> pays if you have to teach an additional prep (and while money isn't the
>> only consideration, because time is a very valuable commodity, the money
>> makes BOE think twice before just thrusting extra preps on teachers).
>> Our contract also pays you if you have to "cover" a class during your
>> preparation period or during your duty period.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> That said....
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> I would speak to the teacher and ask HER what she feels you should
>> accomplish with these 4 year olds as she should be an expert on that age
>> level and their energy,attention and interest levels.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> San D
>>
>>> From: robinmcp@hotmail.com
>>> To: teacherartexchange@lists.pub.getty.edu
>>> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Help! new preschool assignment
>>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:07:50 -0400
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Dear Fellow ArtsEdNet Friends,
>>>
>>> Help! I just found out that I will be "teaching" art to a group of 20
>>> preschoolers in about 2 weeks! Our school received a grant to start a
>>> preschool class in our elementary building and in order for the teacher
>>> to get her contractual 40 minute prep, the specialists are being tapped
>>> for one 40 minute class a week. These 4 year olds will have a full day
>>> because there isn't enough money in the budget for transportation to do
>>> two half day sessions. I cannot imagine that a full day is a wise
>>> choice for any 4 year old.... but that's how it's going to happen! I
>>> will have the option of going to their classroom or having them come to
>>> mine - right now I'm planning to go there (no bathroom facilities in my
>>> room), but I'd love to hear your thoghts on this. Any help will be
>>> appreciated - lessons, activities, etc. I am having a hard time getting
>>> excited about taking on an 8th prep!
>>> Looking forward to your feedback
>>>
>>> Robin in PA
>>>
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>> Subject: RE: Help! new preschool assignment
>> From: "familyerickson" <familyerickson@cox.net>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 19:26:35 -0500
>> X-Message-Number: 9
>>
>> Here's some things that worked for me with 3 year olds:
>> purple crayon drawing based on the book Harold and the Purple Crayon
>> marble painting show picture of Jackson Pollock
>> circle printing with all kinds of lids, corks (use both empty circles
>> and
>> filled in circles)
>> ziplock baggies - squirt in red tempera in one corner, yellow in another
>> children massage and discover orange
>> blue collage (construction pap., wrapping pap., magazine pages---all
>> blue)
>> show pictures from Picasso's blue period
>> playdough day - use the Crayola brand - learn to make balls, snakes,
>> pancakes
>> colored sand painting - can buy at walmart - do it on scraps of
>> matteboard
>> covered with glue - teach them to use pincher fingers
>> painting with matchbox cars
>> paint with only pastel colors on pastel paper with q-tips
>>
>> Buy Mary Ann Kohls books www.brightring.com
>>
>> Hope this helps.
>> Cindy
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: robin phillips [mailto:robinmcp@hotmail.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2008 6:08 PM
>> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
>> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Help! new preschool assignment
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Dear Fellow ArtsEdNet Friends,
>>
>> Help! I just found out that I will be "teaching" art to a group of 20
>> preschoolers in about 2 weeks! Our school received a grant to start a
>> preschool class in our elementary building and in order for the teacher
>> to
>> get her contractual 40 minute prep, the specialists are being tapped for
>> one
>> 40 minute class a week. These 4 year olds will have a full day because
>> there isn't enough money in the budget for transportation to do two half
>> day
>> sessions. I cannot imagine that a full day is a wise choice for any 4
>> year
>> old.... but that's how it's going to happen! I will have the option of
>> going
>> to their classroom or having them come to mine - right now I'm planning
>> to
>> go there (no bathroom facilities in my room), but I'd love to hear your
>> thoghts on this. Any help will be appreciated - lessons, activities,
>> etc.
>> I am having a hard time getting excited about taking on an 8th prep!
>> Looking forward to your feedback
>>
>> Robin in PA
>>
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>> Subject: Re: Help! new preschool assignment
>> From: Denise Pannell <cen_aca_dp@nwoca.org>
>> Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 21:09:05 -0400
>> X-Message-Number: 10
>>
>> On Wed 10/09/08 7:07 PM , robin phillips robinmcp@hotmail.com sent:
>>
>>> Help! I just found out that I will be "teaching" art to a group
>>> of 20 preschoolers in about 2 weeks!
>> _______________________________________________________________________
>> _______________________________________________________
>> I teach a group of 30 (split into 2 classes) of "Young Fives" (basically
>> pre-K or developmental K) for 40 minutes on a rotating
>> schedule. They are a challenging, but very creative group of kiddos! Be
>> aware that many of them will not be able to hold a pair of
>> scissors let alone write their own names. That being said, don't be
>> afraid to challenge them by introducing the elements &
>> principles even at this young age! We talk about artists, listen to
>> music, read books- anything that may inspire creativity. I
>> have found that if I break my lessons down into several smaller steps,
>> they tend not to get bored as easily. For instance, 10
>> minutes of drawing followed by 10 minutes of cutting, finished by 10
>> minutes of gluing.
>>
>> Often, I send home a letter at the beginning of the year to the parents
>> explaining that at this age, art is more about the
>> experience rather than the finished product, so they should not be
>> worried if their "Little Picasso" brings home something that is
>> unrecognizable because they are definitely being creative. I also am
>> sure to post a sign at our annual art show that says "It's
>> the Process, Not the Product!"
>>
>> You can see some of my students' artwork here:
>> Primary Lines:
>> http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=88578
>>
>> Secondary Shapes:
>> http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=88638
>>
>> Magic Glue Windows:
>> http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=98408
>>
>> Kandinsky Colors:
>> http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=108467
>>
>> Joseph Cornell Boxes:
>> http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=81558
>>
>> Joan Miro Dreamscapes:
>> http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?exhibit=67640
>>
>> If you want to see more, follow the link below, in my signature. :)
>> Good luck!!
>>
>> Denise Pannell
>>
>> http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=36837
>>
>>
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>>
>> Subject: Teaching to Observe
>> From: "Chantal Pinnow" <cpinnow@yisseoul.org>
>> Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2008 14:47:15 +0900
>> X-Message-Number: 11
>>
>>
>>
>> Does anyone have a good example to teach kids to draw what they
>> ACTUALLY
>> see, not just what they think they know it looks like? My class was
>> doing an
>> observation painting of their open lockers. I got very frustrated with
>> kids
>> who after a couple of days, didn't even have their locker open or
>> wouldn't
>> rearrange their books the same way as they drew it on the first day.
>> Their
>> answer was always "I know what it looks like." My question is "How do
>> you do
>> an observation drawing if you aren't observing anything?" I understand
>> that
>> some artwork is from memory or imagination, but we are doing observation
>> paintings.
>>
>> I would like a way to show them that you may THINK you know what
>> something
>> looks like, but when you actually take time to observe you may notice
>> things
>> are quite different. Sorry for the rant. That class just left and I was
>> a
>> bit frustrated with them.
>> Chantal
>>
>>
>>
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