Monday, August 23, 2010
Because our time in the Art Room is so precious, we need to follow procedures to help class run smoothly. On the first day of Art I will ask each student to write their name on and decorate a popsicle stick. Each class will store their sticks in a cup. When I need a student helper, I will pull a stick and ask the student to do a job. This procedure also helps me to learn student's names.
The photos to the left are of a stick I decorated several years ago. It is decorated like an American Indian game stick. In class we will be talking about American Indian game sticks, and how our name sticks are like them.
It is always good for us to think about the similarities between the art we make in the art room and art made by an artist or a particular culture. The Iowa Core Curriculum emphasizes how students need to learn about people all around the world. Students need to learn that other cultures are very different from us in some ways, and very similar to us in other ways. By better understanding the nature of people and cultures around the world, when students grow up and graduate, they will be ready for jobs in a global market.