A Survival Kit for the Elementary/Middle School Art Teacher (J-B Ed: Survival Guides) Kindle Edition

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This comprehensive "survival kit" gives new and experienced art specialists and classroom teachers practical advice and ready-to-use tools for implementing an effective K-8 art education program plus over 125 exciting, illustrated art projects with reproducible student handouts in a variety of creative media. For easy use, all materials are printed in a big 8-1/4" x 11" lay-flat binding that folds flat for photocopying of the student project handouts and organized into two major parts.

Part I, The Art Program, provides tested guidelines and reproducibles for building the program and making art appreciation and activities fun. Included are tips for writing art lesson plans, creating bulletin boards, and assessing artwork as well as the developmental characteristics of students as they apply to art at each grade level, K through 8, discipline suggestions, safety precautions, and more.

Part II, The Art Curriculum, presents more than 100 specially selected art projects organized by medium into nine units. Each project is illustrated, complete and ready for use, and includes adaptations for younger students, alternative project(s) and interdisciplinary and multicultural connection. Here's an overview of the projects you'll find in each curriculum unit:

  • Exploring the Elements & Principles of Design. Unit 1 features 12 stimulating projects to help students understand the basic elements and principles of art, such as Costumes & Color (color)...Collage Cityscape (space)...Mexican Sun (texture)...and Black & White Makes It Right (contrast).
  • Paper. The 10 projects in Unit 2 include a paper-making activity, Handmade Paper, and introduce various techniques for creating with paper in activities like Story Quilt and Pop-Up Greeting Cards.
  • Drawing with Pencil, Pastels, Crayons & Markers. Unit 3 offers 14 projects exploring new ways to work with unfamiliar materials. In The Bestiary, Animal Drawings, for example, students draw an imaginary creature by combining parts of familiar animals.
  • Painting. The 15 projects in Unit 4 introduce painting in tempera, acrylics, watercolor, and ink. For example, in Open the Door! Students study different examples of historical doors and arches then paint their own doorway.
  • Printmaking. Unit 5 presents 11 methods of printmaking with how-to tips for each process, plus 7 stimulating printmaking projects such as Colorful Tiles, Relief Prints, and Japanese Fish Printing.
  • Three-Dimensional Design. In Unit 6, you'll find 16 projects that give students the chance to assemble, carve or create masks with paper, wood, metal, soap and other materials, including Rolled Paper-Tube Sculpture, 3-D Sports Heroes, and Assemblage.
  • Ceramics. The 8 popular projects in Unit 7 involve students in working with clay. Examples include Double Pinch Pot, Architectural Birdhouse, and Mural: Ceramic, Cement, Marbles, Noodle and Glass.
  • Architecture: The Built Environment. Unit 8 features 10 architecture-based research activities, such as City Planning...Victorian Houses...Design a Chair...and Paint Your Dream House.
  • Technology: Computer, Photography, Video. All 7 projects in Unit 9 utilize a computer. Students learns how to produce different typefaces, add texture, transform black and white copies, manipulate photos and more in activities such as Graphic Design: A Public Service Flyer, Line Drawing with a Flashlight, and Video Production.
Written by a master educator with more than 30 years of classroom experience, A Survival Kit for the Elementary/Middle School Art Teacher places in your hands a ready source of practical information, seasoned management advice and exciting content activities that might otherwise take many years and much effort to compile.

About the Author

Helen D. Hume taught art for more than 30 years in St. Louis, Missouri, and is currently a teacher-trainer for elementary art teachers and a board member of the St. Louis Artists' Guild. She is the author of The Art Teacher's Book of Lists, American Art Appreciation Activities Kit, Art History & Appreciation Activities Kit, and A Survival Kit for the Secondary Art Teacher, all published by Prentice Hall and The Center for Applied Research in Education.

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  • File Size: 17294 KB
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  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 18, 2009
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  • Language: English
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As a first year art teacher in a public school setting, I had to figure out lots of strategies & purchased many reference books. None of them have been as useful as A Survival Kit for the Elementary/Middle School Art Teacher. Ms.Hume has obviously "been there." Her presentation of tips, ideas, & multicultural lessons are clear, orderly, & logical. Each lesson includes a page for the teacher (vocabulary, preperation, & alternative projects) as well as one for the student (materials, & directions). There is a section on suggestions for teaching each grade level & a list of themes based on seasons of the year rather than holidays (Bravo Helen). Hume also includes great strategies for writing lesson plans & managing classrooms. I can see this book becoming one of my most treasured (and used) resources.
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This art instruction manual is aptly titled as it is about "survival", offering hassle-free recipe- driven art projects for masses of students. If you were a public school student in the last 40 years the projects will look depressingly familiar--the obligatory construction paper mask, the linoleum block print, the paper mache' animal. What is lacking is an overriding vision of what students may achieve. The "goals" are largely stated by listing vocabulary words but the opportunities for real discovery are thin indeed. As an art teacher of 20 years, I would never rely on construction paper for collage as it is impossible to produce anything with richness from such flat uninteresting papers. The student block print examples show the medium at its least interesting with the images mostly being reverse outline, little exploration of shape or figure-ground reversal. Moreover, it is criminal that a book purporting to be about the development of the visual sense should have reproductions of such appalling quality. Some of them are clearly printing errors since all one can see are dark gray rectangles with a few hints of light. The student examples were grim and to me this is the book's greatest failing. The strength of an art instruction book to me usually lies in the student examples. Mona Brooks and Kaupelis (first name escapes me) produce inspiring books on the basis of their student work alone. On a positive note, the book is well- organized. It could possibly serve as a jumping off point to a teacher with experience and initiative, but for the most part it perpetuates the predictable, mind-numbing experience of the all-too typical 30 minute public school art block.
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I have several books from Helen Hume and this one is excellent for middle school the lessons are easy to follow and once you try them you will enjoy them. If you are interested in other Helen Hume book "the art teacher's book of list", is great and the Survival Kit for the Secondary School Art Teacher. They are all full of ideas and students have lots of fun.
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I would pay $75 for this book. Of the practical books on art in the classroom, this is by far one of the best I have found. I purchased this and "Book of Lists" at the same time and found myself out of touch with the world -reading them cover to cover - for a whole weekend. "Survival" begins with the basics. While the seasoned art teacher may not get anything from this, new art teachers and grade level teachers switching to art will find this book very helpful. The last 3/4 of the book is lesson plan after lesson plan varying from paper and crayon to the most involved activities you could do in an elementary (and middle) setting.

The lessons are very detailed and well organized.

The only thing I wish this book had that it doesn't - best practices of teachers classroom organization methods. This book is definitely worth putting on your wish list.
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I am teaching my second year of art at a local elementary school, where they hire non-certified technicians to teach during the teachers prep time. I bought this book over the summer, and I have loved it so much for what I do.

Many of the simple lessons we do contain important state core requirements, and it is a matter of the proper vocabulary and presentation to the students. This book helps you keep what you are teaching in order, from art history, to criticism and comparison, and even hands on projects or still life sketching..... this book has hundreds of lesson ideas, and I have found them easy to adapt to all age levels. ( I work with 1-5th grades)

One note- I had read in a description that the book contained colored pictures, which is not the case, therefore the art presented in the book is not really a possibility to use in class unless you can get a reproduction somewhere else- which I am limited to do. But I love the age appropriate guide in the beginning, and refer to it often.

I went to a district meeting and had many other techs asking about my resources, and I was happy to refer this book to them. Whether for school, home school, or just personal art education this is book that is well rounded and well stocked. More lesson ideas then you will ever be able to use, and for us with a limited budget, it is still full of tried and true lesson plans and discussion starters.
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