Friday, November 18, 2005

My brain feels like it's scrambled.

Today was Get Smart with Art day in Ciara's class. "What is that?", you ask. (I have no idea if the punctuation on that is correct.) It's the day that rolls around every month when parent volunteers go into the classroom and do a short lecture on a preselected art print, then do a little tie-in project with the kiddies. Sounds simple, doesn't it. Here's the recipe:

Paint, scissors, glue...2 adjacent classrooms so crowded you can hardly move between them...and 57 fourth graders. Add dirty brushes and murky rinse water sloshing about in a basin and a drying rack groaning under the weight of sodden cardstock. Season with the superheated sauna-like air in the classrooms. Add a pinch of fourth grade B.O....

Voila!! There you have it! Get Smart with Art!!

Will somebody please tell George Bush that I really don't care about going to Mars. Just get me an art teacher in my kid's class.


Ragged Around the Edges said...

No art teacher? That's blasphemy.

So what did you teach the kids?

Musicgeek (Kim) said...

Our print for the month was "Prairie Fire" by Francis Blackbear Bosin. The main focus was movement and how to show it. Our project involved painting a wash in sunset colors on one piece of cardstock, then stenciling, painting, and cutting out a horse to add to the prepared background. Then they used markers to give it "motion", i.e. flowing manes and tails. They had a lot of fun with it. I was just tired and cranky afterwards. It doesn't sound like much on paper, but there's a lot of prep and clean-up for all those kids...or maybe I'm just a wimp.

Wow, nothing like making a long story even longer.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Wow! Did you come up with that project?

I bow to your talent!