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Re: [teacherartexchange] teacherartexchange digest: September 10, 2008


From: Peggy Woolsey (eoolspeg_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Sep 12 2008 - 13:21:21 PDT

Ditto on the Nancy Smith book. It's the best book on the subject I've
ever encountered.

On 11-Sep-08, at 9:33 PM, wrote:

> Hi Robin
> This past summer on the first day of summer school I found out
> about an hour before class was to start that I would not be
> teaching middle school students art but pre-k and kindergarten
> students. I hadn't taught students that young in more than 20
> years. After quite a bit of very quick reorganization the program
> worked out well. I concentrated on painting with the children.
> They rarely get the proper feedback in their classrooms concerning
> their painting. We rearranged the schedule slightly and I taught
> two half hour classes a period instead of an hour class. This was
> just enough time to discuss a topic with the students, maybe show a
> few pictures on the projector illustrating our topic (fireworks, at
> the beach, etc), talk about shapes and colors, get them started
> painting, paint, clean up, and the on to the next group. The
> teaching assistant came with each class, giving me another hand in
> handing out supplies and cleaning up. We all had a great time and
> we all learned a lot
> . I only used the primary colors and black and white and the
> students picked up color mixing very quickly. We used washable
> paint so we didn't have to spend time with smocks or aprons. I
> didn't hav a bathroom in the room - it wasn't a problem. It was a
> very enjoyable experience. "Experience & Art: Teaching Children to
> Paint," by Nancy R Smith, et al. is a great book to read for
> painting with young, and not so young, children.
> Kathy
>> 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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