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  • gustergirl_1227
    My current schedule is to switch off every month between fifth and sixth grade. Next year I will only teach sixth grade (with 7th and 8th)so I will have two
    Message 1 of 13 , May 2, 2009
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      My current schedule is to switch off every month between fifth and sixth grade. Next year I will only teach sixth grade (with 7th and 8th)so I will have two months with them. Their language arts/social studies curriculum focuses on the Carribean Islands/Mexico and South America. Some projects I have done with them are Oaxacan Animals made out of paper mache, Yuchiol Yarn Paintings, Gods Eyes. I am looking for any ideas that would go along with these or anything that 6th graders love. Thanks!
    • Brandy
      Our kids loved making milagros . http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/miraculous-milagros-lesson-plan/ I found the lesson plan on a site, but I couldn t
      Message 2 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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        Our kids loved making milagros .
        http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/miraculous-milagros-lesson-plan/
        I found the lesson plan on a site, but I couldn't find that exact one again. This is the only one I could find. We did ours a little different. We took cardboard squares, punched a hole in it for the necklace string to come, glued thick yarn to the top of it in the shape of whatever design the kids wanted, slathered it with glue, placed heavy duty aluminum foil over the top of it, pressing the foil into the groves so you could see a raised image. Then we took cotton balls dipping in black Indian ink and rubbed the top, lastly we went-very gently- over the top of that ink with a Brillo pad or steel wool to give it an antique look. It took two periods, three if you want to stretch out the drawing, designing aspect of it. I used it to teach central American symbolism.
        Here is a gallery of the true miagros images-
        http://www.milagrosgallery.com/collections/milagros
        Have fun,
        Brandy



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        > My current schedule is to switch off every month between fifth and sixth grade. Next year I will only teach sixth grade (with 7th and 8th)so I will have two months with them. Their language arts/social studies curriculum focuses on the Carribean Islands/Mexico and South America. Some projects I have done with them are Oaxacan Animals made out of paper mache, Yuchiol Yarn Paintings, Gods Eyes. I am looking for any ideas that would go along with these or anything that 6th graders love. Thanks!
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      • linda
        I have made cardboard/paper mache retablos with that age before,and they loved it. You could either start with a shallow box and add on to it, or have them
        Message 3 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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          I have made cardboard/paper mache retablos with that age before,and they loved it. You could either start with a shallow box and add on to it, or have them design their own boxes from the beginning, I have my students brainstorm a big list of ideas for topics. they can be very personal. Some of the funniest ones or best ones involved pretty random subjects that are turned into shrines. Show them shrines, monuments, lots of ideas out there for retablos if you just google that. They have to create a scene inside and on the box, as well as on top of the box. they hang on a wall when finished, like a niche box. Materials were organized and readily available to all, and included:
          cardboard strips, cardboard sheets in various sizes, paper mache, paper pulp, yarn, fabric, modeling clay, felt, needles and thread, popsicle sticks, wire, "junk", costume jewelry box, metal foil, wallpaper scraps, paint, bottle caps, spools, wooden scraps and turned ends (ordered from Sax), loads of masking tape. Probably more supplies, but that's all I can think of now. In addition to making these in art class, they wrote a poem in their language arts class to go with their shrine, kind of an "Ode to a _____" or whatever title, but the whole point is to enshrine an idea, belief, object, person, place, etc. We made paper mache frames for the poetry that were paper mache, and their final poems were written and illustrated a little bit on mat board. I did these for three or four years and they turned out great. Another paper mache project I have done with this age with fabulous results is "when is a chair more than a chair" and "when is a box more than a box." Both of these are along the same shrine theme as retablos, just a different vehicle for expression. They were also built of cardboard/paper mache with similar materials. These are some of the most wildly applauded and popular projects I have ever made with kids.

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          > My current schedule is to switch off every month between fifth and sixth grade. Next year I will only teach sixth grade (with 7th and 8th)so I will have two months with them. Their language arts/social studies curriculum focuses on the Carribean Islands/Mexico and South America. Some projects I have done with them are Oaxacan Animals made out of paper mache, Yuchiol Yarn Paintings, Gods Eyes. I am looking for any ideas that would go along with these or anything that 6th graders love. Thanks!
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        • Alyssa
          A fun artist to emulate would be Gerald McDermott. He wrote Papagayo The Mischief Maker, Anansi the Spider, Raven, Jabuti the Tortoise, Zomo the Rabbit and a
          Message 4 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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            A fun artist to emulate would be Gerald McDermott. He wrote Papagayo The Mischief Maker, Anansi the Spider, Raven, Jabuti the Tortoise, Zomo the Rabbit and a few other books all based on folktales from various countries. We just read Papgayo with one of the classes as part of a rain forest unit. It was really fun to see the children illustrate their poems in his style.
            Alyssa
            San Diego


            --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, "gustergirl_1227" <gustergirl_1227@...> wrote:
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            > My current schedule is to switch off every month between fifth and sixth grade. Next year I will only teach sixth grade (with 7th and 8th)so I will have two months with them. Their language arts/social studies curriculum focuses on the Carribean Islands/Mexico and South America. Some projects I have done with them are Oaxacan Animals made out of paper mache, Yuchiol Yarn Paintings, Gods Eyes. I am looking for any ideas that would go along with these or anything that 6th graders love. Thanks!
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          • Becky Hopkins
            Look up La Vega Carnival Masks, from the Dominican Republic. My husband spent two years in the DR and showed these to me. Incredible. I have also made
            Message 5 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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              Look up La Vega Carnival Masks, from the Dominican Republic.  My husband spent two years in the DR and showed these to me.  Incredible.  I have also made papier mache bowls with students and had them paint them in the style of the artists of Mata Ortiz.  I used a balloon as a form and made rings (cut TP or PT tubes or basket reeds wrapped in heavy yarn) for the bowls to sit upon (as do the pots of Mata Ortiz).  I am fortunate in that my family (in-laws) are great friends of Juan Quezada so I had access to lots of his pots to show the kids.  You can get some relatively inexpensively through Criz Mac.  I also did the papier mache Oaxacan dream animals.  Kids loved those.  Look closely at Haitian voodoo or Cuban santeria (look up Wilfredo Lam) traditions for some really cool ideas. These will provide a better cultural perspective.
              Another idea, of course, are the Dia de los Muertos folk art traditions, from calacas and calaveras, to papel picado.  You can also look to the Mexican muralists for some ideas, rather than just going for folk art.  Many amazing political artists have come from Latin America.  (Siqueiros is amazing, Orozco is fantastic, and of course Rivera, who is much more recognized due to his works in the US.  The first two are less well-known here due to there Socialist idealogy, but really important in their contributions to the art world as well as to to the people of Mexico).

              I taught on the US/Mexico border for a few years, so I used a lot of cultural references to engage the students.

              Best,
              Becky Hopkins

              art_education@yahoogroups.com writes:


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              >I have made cardboard/paper mache retablos with that age before,and they loved it. You could either start with a shallow box and add on to it, or have them design their own boxes from the beginning, I have my students brainstorm a big list of ideas for topics. they can be very personal. Some of the funniest ones or best ones involved pretty random subjects that are turned into shrines. Show them shrines, monuments, lots of ideas out there for retablos if you just google that. They have to create
              >a scene inside and on the box, as well as on top of the box. they hang on a wall when finished, like a niche box. Materials were organized and readily available to all, and included:
              >cardboard strips, cardboard sheets in various sizes, paper mache, paper pulp, yarn, fabric, modeling clay, felt, needles and thread, popsicle sticks, wire, "junk", costume jewelry box, metal foil, wallpaper scraps, paint, bottle caps, spools, wooden scraps and turned ends (ordered from Sax), loads of masking tape. Probably more supplies, but that's all I can think of now. In addition to making these in art class, they wrote a poem in their language arts class to go with their shrine,
              >kind of an "Ode to a _____" or whatever title, but the whole point is to enshrine an idea, belief, object, person, place, etc. We made paper mache frames for the poetry that were paper mache, and their final poems were written and illustrated a little bit on mat board. I did these for three or four years and they turned out great. Another paper mache project I have done with this age with fabulous results is "when is a chair more than a chair" and "when is a box more
              >than a box." Both of these are along the same shrine theme as retablos, just a different vehicle for expression. They were also built of cardboard/paper mache with similar materials. These are some of the most wildly applauded and popular projects I have ever made with kids.
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              >> My current schedule is to switch off every month between fifth and sixth grade. Next year I will only teach sixth grade (with 7th and 8th)so I will have two months with them. Their language arts/social studies curriculum focuses on the Carribean Islands/Mexico and South America. Some projects I have done with them are Oaxacan Animals made out of paper mache, Yuchiol Yarn Paintings, Gods Eyes. I am looking for any ideas that would go along with these or anything that 6th graders love. Thanks!
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              Becky Hopkins
              Art Teacher
              Marion Junior High School


            • Tracy Ralston
              i actually did a impressionistic landscape acrylic painting with my sixth graders this past fall during my student teaching. we talked about the basics of
              Message 6 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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                i actually did a impressionistic landscape acrylic painting with my sixth graders this past fall during my student teaching. we talked about the basics of landscapes as well as the difference in how the impressionist artists painted compared to the hudson river artists (we are new yorkers and i wanted to bring in something they might actually know of). it worked out really well. if you want a copy of the lesson or even wanna see pictures of the finished work just let me know.

                Tracy
              • tas.arte
                Message 7 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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                  Please post the lesson plan.THANKS--- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Tracy Ralston <tralst1@...> wrote:
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                • MARYANN KOHL
                  They love to try the preschoolers projects...they love the exploration. Try taking colored clay (play clay/Plasticiene), and let them take little pinches of
                  Message 8 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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                    They love to try the preschoolers' projects...they love the exploration.
                    Try taking colored clay (play clay/Plasticiene), and let them take little pinches of it and spread and smoosh it on paper or mat board. They blend colors. It's very impressionistic.


                    .............. 
                    MaryAnn
                    Kohl



                    On May 3, 2009, at 10:31 AM, Tracy Ralston wrote:




                    i actually did a impressionistic landscape acrylic painting with my sixth graders this past fall during my student teaching. we talked about the basics of landscapes as well as the difference in how the impressionist artists painted compared to the hudson river artists (we are new yorkers and i wanted to bring in something they might actually know of). it worked out really well. if you want a copy of the lesson or even wanna see pictures of the finished work just let me know. 

                    Tracy


                  • bruthrobson@aol.com
                    I would love the lesson and pictures! Brenda ... From: tas.arte To: art_education@yahoogroups.com Sent: Sun, 3 May 2009 1:05 pm Subject:
                    Message 9 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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                      I would love the lesson and pictures!
                      Brenda


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                      Subject: [art_education] Re:What projects are a hit with 6th graders?



                      Please post the lesson plan.THANKS- -- In art_education@ yahoogroups. com, Tracy Ralston <tralst1@... > wrote:
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                      > i actually did a impressionistic landscape acrylic painting with my sixth graders this past fall during my student teaching. we talked about the basics of landscapes as well as the difference in how the impressionist artists painted compared to the hudson river artists (we are new yorkers and i wanted to bring in something they might actually know of). it worked out really well. if you want a copy of the lesson or even wanna see pictures of the finished work just let me know.
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                      > Tracy
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                    • Leah Korican
                      My 6th grade students are loving soft sculpture. I m letting them make larger than life size real objects out of cardboard or fabric. So far we have a
                      Message 10 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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                        My 6th grade students are loving soft sculpture. I'm letting them make larger than life size real objects out of cardboard or fabric. So far we have a band-aid, a camera, a pencil, a toothbrush.




                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: MARYANN KOHL
                        Sent: May 3, 2009 4:45 PM
                        To: art_education@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: Re: [art_education] Re:What projects are a hit with 6th graders?



                        They love to try the preschoolers' projects...they love the exploration.

                        Try taking colored clay (play clay/Plasticiene) , and let them take little pinches of it and spread and smoosh it on paper or mat board. They blend colors. It's very impressionistic.


                        ............ .. 
                        MaryAnn
                        Kohl



                        On May 3, 2009, at 10:31 AM, Tracy Ralston wrote:




                        i actually did a impressionistic landscape acrylic painting with my sixth graders this past fall during my student teaching. we talked about the basics of landscapes as well as the difference in how the impressionist artists painted compared to the hudson river artists (we are new yorkers and i wanted to bring in something they might actually know of). it worked out really well. if you want a copy of the lesson or even wanna see pictures of the finished work just let me know. 

                        Tracy


                      • Leah Korican
                        ooh sorry just went back and saw the original post. I missed that you were asking for a cultural focus!
                        Message 11 of 13 , May 3, 2009
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                          ooh sorry just went back and saw the original post. I missed that you were asking for a cultural focus!
                        • Becky Hopkins
                          Another hit with 6th grade: I did Cows on Parade where each student sculpted a cow from Model Magic and then made their cow after a specific artist. The
                          Message 12 of 13 , May 4, 2009
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                            Another hit with 6th grade: I did "Cows on Parade" where each student sculpted a cow from Model Magic and then made their cow "after " a specific artist.  The coolest one I had was a Rauschenburg cow that was created after his "Monogram", complete with tire, platform, and angora yarn to create the long locks the real sculpture had.  I just put names in a box and they had to research the artist that they drew from the box.  It was a lot of fun and the kids really loved their cows.  Too bad that I did not have a decent camera at the time, so I failed in getting any images, but... oh well.  You love and you learn.
                            Beck

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                            >Please post the lesson plan.THANKS--- In [ mailto:art_education@yahoogroups.com ]art_education@yahoogroups.com, Tracy Ralston <tralst1@..> wrote:
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                            >> i actually did a impressionistic landscape acrylic painting with my sixth graders this past fall during my student teaching. we talked about the basics of landscapes as well as the difference in how the impressionist artists painted compared to the hudson river artists (we are new yorkers and i wanted to bring in something they might actually know of). it worked out really well. if you want a copy of the lesson or even wanna see pictures of the finished work just let me know.
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                            Becky Hopkins
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                            Marion Junior High School


                          • Brandy
                            I have had a lot of luck with combining this kind of thing- What if Clause Oldenburg was Latin American? How would it have changed his art? What might he
                            Message 13 of 13 , May 4, 2009
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                              I have had a lot of luck with combining this kind of thing- What if Clause Oldenburg was Latin American? How would it have changed his art? What might he have made differently?
                              It takes a bit of critical thinking and has been very successful in the past when I combined two unrelated artists and cultures like this. To get them talking, I tell them part of their grade comes from their explanation. I tell them to put on them "con caps" and let it all pour out. Then I go into a really flowery explain of how some piece of trash on the floor is a great explain of the strife of modern life- "like that" I say. They think it's funny and they give it a try- but the amazing part is what comes out is usually pretty good. I've heard some deep thoughts usually rough water. I think doing it this way gives them permission to be deep about a subject that they would normally just say, "because it's pretty". It's an over night assignment, btw. When anyone gets up to talk during the next class, they have to wear the beret. It's fun.
                              Using this, you can combine any artist or method with any culture because you have to know a lot of about both to make it really work well.
                              Regards,
                              Brandy
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