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


Date: Fri Sep 12 2008 - 13:49:57 PDT

Nancy Smith was an amazing art educator. I took Methods and Materials
with her too many years ago to mention, and I still her talking to me
today. She was ahead of her time. By all means check out her book!

Barbara from Boston

Quoting Peggy Woolsey <>:

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