Thursday, November 8, 2007

Preparing for Dino Daze

My elementary art classes are preparing for an art show. However, we don't have just everyday, run-of-the-mill art shows! We call them "family fun nights" where kids and their parents can come to the school and look at what the kids have made and do fun activities together. Usually we have hands-on science lessons, board games, crafts, gym activities, snacks, etc. Each year is a different theme. For example, last year was Dr. Seuss. This year will be dinosaurs!

Each grade level will do at least one art project based on the theme. Fifth graders are making Pariscraft dinosaur sculptures. Of course, the teacher needs to make an example! So that the kids can see it, I'll make a six foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex. I think we'll name him "Rexie". When he's finished, he'll be placed in the lobby to greet the kids as they come in.

I'm fortunate to have a teacher next door who's handy with carpentry. Mr. Patt, our music teacher built together a wooden frame for the first step in the armature. Future posts of this blog will show the progress of Rexie, and the kids' work too.

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