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Attn: Art Educators - Looking for NEW and INTERESTING Lessons on the web

Attn: Art Educators - Looking for NEW and INTERESTING Lessons on the web

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Hi all, I am new to the site and I was trying to look for places that have new and innovative art lessons. So I wanted to start a discussion on where art educators go on the web for new lesson ideas. I thought I might include 2 websites I look at everyday for new ideas!! http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/ http://teachkidsart.blogspot.com/ Check out my website http://www.creativeartlessons.com/ POST the site you visit for new and creative ideas! Thanks

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Allen Berg
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[quote]Hi all, I am new to the site and I was trying to look for places that have new and innovative art lessons. So I wanted to start a discussion on where art educators go on the web for new lesson ideas. I thought I might include 2 websites I look at everyday for new ideas!!http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/http://teachkidsart.blogspot.com/Check out my website http://www.creativeartlessons.com/POST the site you visit for new and creative ideas!Thanks[/quote]

Hi Brandon,

I am new to this site as well and have lots of daily ideas for art education/being an artist...

so this morning a friend posted this link at my Facebook page, which brings you immediately to a Yo-Yo Ma website where he is featured on a Santana "cool guitar riff" version of the Beatles' "When my guitar gently weeps" free to listen to (about 6 minutes)...

http://www.yo-yoma.com/news/yo-yo-ma-performs-with-carlos-santana

This made me immediately think about our Arts/Music/Drama Group !!!
(and actually lots of other Edutopia Groups, like "Emotional Learning
/Education" not sure of the name...) etc. Because Music is an International, Cross-Generational, Multi-Subject Language...

This song brings the Beatles and Santana and Yo-Yo Ma together...
That's quite an amazing threesome!!! :-)

Now it is not a song for every classroom; it is a universal song of sadness and sadness is not an easy topic to discuss in schools etc.
But if your curriculum and/or classroom deals with emotional learning and expression then this could be a very powerful song to share with students...

your visual arts class could draw/illustrate/collage/mural/photograph/video etc individual and/or group responses to this song...and obviously you can first introduce the topic of emotions and how people socially express them, especially the powerful emotions that are often kept private... eg. "a Boy is not supposed to cry..." ... and we had a teacher here recently post a message of frustration, where she concluded, "I felt like screaming."...

To use the lyric, "As my guitar gently weeps" allows the songwriter to shift his emotion (in an artistically/creatively socially-acceptable way) to his musical instrument... and he/they transform their sadness into an experience to share using a universallanguage...

The solo electric guitar riff by Santana pulls at your heart/emotions...stronger than words... that is the power of music...
words are 'literary' they are a more 'intellectual' media...
music/sounds are 'aural'/acoustic in the formal sense; it goes through our ears as vibrations, processed by a different part of our brain and nervous system...

visual art is 'visual' :-) it goes through our eyes, a very different sense organ of our body... lightwaves hit our retina and go to a different part of our brain... etc. etc.

Enuf biology for now...

Listen to the music and "see" (hear :-) what you think and feel, and think about music with your art students...there are joyous songs as well... :-)

Allen

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