by Sheri L. VanDuyn
At a recent Art Teachers In-service we had to share lesson plans and examples. Some of us had brought in small examples to participate and others carried in portfolios. Never at a loss to showcase my students work, I opened 3 portfolios to describe a new lesson plan of color theory trees for my high school students. After I was finished with my presentation, the Teachers wondered where I got the frames. I explained that I always put a need for frames in the announcements and in the Home Bulletin. If a students work is not framed at school, their work will never get framed; this is my art philosophy and seems to be working as I continually get frames of all sizes and shapes. My students do not seem to care about the color; they will paint or stain to accent their art piece, plus, this is also part of the learning process.
We went on with our day and I was invited to an Art Show the following weekend to see one of the Art Teachers creations of sewn bags. Waiting for her Show to end, she said to me, I still can not get over that you can get frames and supplies donated. I asked one time in my announcements for Christmas cards and do you know how many I got? I have no idea! She said, Well, I got 12 cards! I must have looked astonished and I said, Do you need Christmas cards? I can give them to you Well, now she seemed somewhat reluctant and said, No, you do not have to do that. And I said, But, I want to. How many students do you see in a week? She said, Between 850-1000 students! I said, Bless you! Give me a week; come and visit my Art room and I will have this and some other art supplies that I will gladly give to your Elementary Art Students. She just stood there and was completely blown away at the thought of me sharing supplies with her students. Art Teachers have a way of constantly collecting and really knowing that they are always going to use everything that they collect at sometime or another.
Well, I went back to school on Monday and
told my students that they had to pick out their
Christmas card theme early for Sketches. I told them about the other Art Teacher and they
were all excited about sharing. I knew that I have 5 very large boxes of cards which are
all sorted into various themes-religious, Santa,
still, and know that I am God - Psalms 46:10a
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