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Weya painting - a Post Script

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  • Judy Decker
    Greetings Art Educators, P.S. - Ooops.... I forgot to tell you, the eBay listing is only up for 22 more hours from right now. I don t want anyone to be
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2012
      Greetings Art Educators,

      P.S. - Ooops.... I forgot to tell you, the eBay listing is only up for
      22 more hours from right now. I don't want anyone to be disappointed
      if you check too late. I should have looked at that before I made the
      first post.... Oh well.

      Judy Decker

      On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 9:45 AM, Judy Decker wrote:
      > Greetings Art Educators,
      > When I first got back into teaching many years ago, a student asked me
      > "Why don't you ever show us art we can do?" - as I always showed
      > master examples with my lessons. Of course, I never wanted my students
      > to copy the work of the masters - it was the concept/art appreciation
      > aspect I was after. Yet, that comment stuck with me. When I was hired
      > at my former school, much of my curriculum (for 6th and 7th grade
      > anyways -- and the one year I taught elementary) was focused on Folk
      > Art - art of the common people - art KIDS loved and could "do" with
      > confidence. Besides, it was art I could afford to BUY to enhance my
      > art lessons. My house is full of beautiful things now.
      > Anyways.... This Weya Painting always brings a smile to my face. Like
      > minds I guess. It looks just like one of my art lessons!
      > http://www.africadirect.com/productsdesc.php?ID=62931
      > My lessons often included special frames that were part of the art
      > work (many times optional - sometimes required).
      > For a lesson like this, I used old beat up Masonite. We glued on
      > strips of Styrofoam for the frame (free of course from various packing
      > materials... I think it was from the new cafeteria tables). We covered
      > the Styrofoam with plaster gauze strips (or paper mache -- depending
      > on media we were using). The frame was then painted to be part of the
      > art work (or collaged with the rest of the artwork for that particular
      > medium).
      > This Weya painting is available on Africa Direct -- BUT is also listed
      > on eBay right now as "Make an Offer". Don't let this one get away from
      > you.....Elizabeth Bennett loves to get African art in the
      > classrooms..... Check out their eBay listing (link is too long to
      > post). Enter Weya in the search. You will also see many wonderful Weya
      > Story Quilts. I bought 2 of the six panel ones. I LOVE them! I love
      > this painting, too -- but have no room to display it (smile).
      > Actually, it needs to be were kids can see it anyways.
      > http://www.ebay.com/sch/AfricaDirect/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1
      > I have been buying from Africa Direct since 2005. Amazing company! One
      > of these days, I will get server space again so I can show off my
      > collection - and my own hand made jewelry using African trade beads
      > and Tibetan beads. I will be in an invitational art show again this
      > summer to show off five pieces. Last year I also had five pieces in
      > the show. I lost count how many necklaces I have made for myself and
      > for gifts for friends. I tried making some to sell, but at present
      > there is no market for them.... I guess you folks need to create a
      > market for me!? The first piece I sold was to an art education major
      > at a nearby university. I know she will be creating a market for me.
      > I know you all don't have time to check eBay everyday like do.....but
      > during the summer months, stop in from time to time on Africa Direct's
      > eBay site. Eliza often puts items up at ridiculously low prices. I bid
      > and often win! Yeah! I never got ideas for my African art lessons by
      > looking at lesson plans others have written..... I got my ideas by
      > looking at African ART.
      > Note: The Summer Tip In Exchange theme will be "It Takes a Village" -
      > you can loosely interpret that (more to come on that). My own pages
      > will include images from my story quilts - embellished, of course.
      > Summer 2012 will be the last Tip In I offer. I won't stop doing
      > pages.... I will be just doing them for myself (and my book for my
      > son). Beginning summer 2010, my pages have included African art
      > objects/textile images I have purchased (or wished I could purchase in
      > some cases).
      > Regards,
      > Judy Decker
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