SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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always a delight to see young students come to class enthusiastically setting up their painting stations, working independently, and fully engaged in making art. They experience firsthand the magic of painting. Dress Rehearsal At the beginning of this project, students were encouraged to put together a costume replicating what their artists may have worn in their time periods. A dress rehearsal takes place to ensure that everyone has appropriate attire. Wigs, beards, hats, glasses, and props fill the artroom on this day. Trading Cards A photograph of each student in costume with his or her painting is taken and used for making trading cards. The cards contain the photo on one side and important facts on the other, and are distributed at the exhibition. Close-up shots of each painting are also taken on this day and used as hide-and-seek cards at the exhibition. Exhibition Day We are fortunate to have a beautiful, stately building on our campus and use the various rooms in the house for our exhibition site. On exhibition day students don their costumes and collect their paintings, scrapbooks, and trading cards, and head to the exhibition site. Two students serve as greeters and give a short introduction of impressionism to parents, friends, and community members who have been invited to attend. Flyers and brochures are created to advertise the event. An added benefit to our school and art program is the publicity brought by newspaper and television. The "living artists" confidently stand by their paintings and eagerly play the roles of the famous artists. To entice our young visitors, hide-andseek cards with questions printed on the back assist even the shyest visitor in engaging the nineteenth-century artists. As hide-and-seek cards are matched, trading cards are given out. Young students love to collect the cards and excitedly anticipate the day when they will advance to fifth grade and have the opportunity to become living artists themselves! Linda Smith is lower and middle school art teacher at Saint George's School in Spokane, Washington. linda.smith@sgs.org NatioNal StaNdard Students describe the function and explore the meaning of specific art objects within varied cultures, times, and places. Web liNk www.sgs.org/arts/index.aspx 31

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