SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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Early Childhood & High School Studio Lesson Monster Mash Mary Beth Kopacz and Windy Spiridigliozzi T his is a collaborative lesson written by two teachers: kindergarten teacher Mary Beth Kopacz and high school teacher Windy Spiridigliozzi. The lesson pairs two unlikely grade levels together to complete a touching and unique collaborative project. Tapping into Wonder (Mary Beth) On my laptop one night, I stumbled upon the artwork of Dave Devries. I was amazed by his paintings from his book The Monster Engine (MWH Press, 2005) in which he takes the drawings of children and reproduces them using the realistic painting skills of an adult. Devries doesn't edit or change the children's drawings; he simply brings them to life with surrealistic backgrounds and an amazing use of light and shadow, while keeping the integrity of the child's original idea intact. I loved the concept of tapping into a child's endless imagination to develop sophisticated works of art. I thought about my kindergartners, who are filled with ideas and have no fear when it comes to putting their thoughts on paper. Their ability to attack that paper without a second thought is something I wish my older students still possessed. So I put a question out there to my art teacher buddies on Facebook "Who wants to buddy up their students with my kindergartners to create our very own Monster Engine?" Within 19

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