Sunday, June 24, 2007

Art #2 Utah Homeschool Convention Review

Using Art to Reinforce Core Subjects by Sharon Jeffus

Sharon gave us online resources for learning art. his web page of course www.visualmanna.com. Other resources www.scribus.net, www.inkscape.org, www.gimp.org. he said that more resources can be found here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source

I loved this list from Sharon

Characteristics of the Creatively Gifted
from The National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children.

1. High Sensitivity
2. Excessive amounts of energy
3. Bores easily and may appear to have a short attention span
4. Requires emotionally stable and secure adults around him/her
5. Will resist authority if not democratically oriented
6. Have preferred ways of learning; particularly in reading and math
7. May become easily frustrated because of his/her big ideas and not having the resources or people to assist him/her in carrying these tasks to fruition.
8. Learns from an exploratory level and resists rote memory and just being a listener.
9. Cannot sit still unless absorbed in something of his/her own interest
10. If they experience failure early, may give up and develop permanent learning blocks.

Sharon had allot of fun ideas on how to make lessons multisensory by including art. I think that this idea is wonderful and will enjoy doing more of this.

He recommended these resources.

The way they learn - Cynthia Tobias

The book, Kinetic House-Tree-Person Drawings - by Robert C. Burns
(this book is expensive. I wonder if there is another newer book with the same information) These other selections seem to be good substitutes
Art Therapy Source book by Cathy Malchiod
Self-Growth in Families: Kinetic Family Drawings by Robert C. Burns
Robert Burns: Selections by Robert Burns (Edited By Weston, John C.)
Kinetic family drawings (K-F-D);: An introduction to understanding children through kinetic drawings, by Robert C Burns

Michaels - you can go to these stores and ask them for their mat scraps to use for fun art projects

Google Earth - is a great place to go and tour the world from your computer.

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