used at Rosedale Middle School
Instructions are at the link
We got it from Mr G, who got it from
Rosie, who got it from Jane Mallonee, who got it from a book, I
I suggest that you copy this pattern
to your computer.
Then, Print it out so that later you can copy
it on to 11x17 inch heavy stock using a xerox machine.
Lesson Plan Pages
just click on the one you want
|For 24 years,
I have been trying to figure out how to teach art, at Rosedale
My students learn, that in the 1920 s, Georgia O Keeffe tried to
even though she professed to not quite know what art is.
Often art teachers feel the same quandary. As art educators,
We need to explain better
what all we do teach.
With the current stress on more and more literacy and computation
school art programs are being squeezed.
This is not simply unfortunate, but it is a serious error.
For, it is the arts that give true meaning to learning, and to life.
|Why should we
read if we have no passion for learning ?
Why should we learn new mathematical skills if we have no dreams to
build on ?
The architects and the visionaries of tomorrow are sitting in
the art classrooms of today.
Teachers are now being asked to teach students to problem
If only those teachers would take a look into an art class,
they could observe problem solving being done daily.
stress the three Rs,
I choose rather to stress the three Ps.
Those three Ps are: Passion, Process
you can easily see around you,
from the tissue paper fish of the first grader
to the skilled pencil drawing of the senior hoping for a scholarship
I try to create ways by which my students and the community at large
will begin to value the products of young minds, hands
The more we exhibit success, like what you see around you,
the greater the pride in these products will
How many a parent here, still has on display, at home,
the valued piece of art their child made in school years ago ?
is what I am fortunate to observe, going on daily,
in my Middle School art studio/classroom.
You, too, would see this process in motion, in
where the art program is being taught by a skilled professional with
a passion for art.
I tell my students to trust the process of
I ask them to trust the materials they work with to do magical
I ask them to trust their skills to do the right things
and their hearts to be open to the world of art.
they try, and they enjoy the process of learning
in an active, engaged learning environment.
As love and special skills are needed to teach reading,
an important thrust in our schools today.
So too, Art can only be taught well, by those who
and have worked hard to figure out how to teach it, whatever
is what I tell my students they must have
for whatever they decide to do in life.
Once they have that passion, I tell them not to
lose it, no matter what,
for if you do not give a damn about what it is, that
why then try harder to do it well.
Passion is crucial to teaching, and I try to
model my passion for art everyday.
Students know and understand when a teacher cares about them,
and what they are being taught.
each of you to take with you, a bit of this passion
Then, I ask you to engage your friends and neighbors in
a process of persuasion.
Trust this process to convince others that a
strong vibrant program
of education in the arts belongs in our schools.
The product will be a well rounded education for
all of our children.
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