The Apple’s of Ali’s Eye: Five of My Favorite Presentations

15 Dec

Jeannette’s Warm Up Workshop:

I loved starting the class off by doing a warm up exercise that focuses the mind (imagination) and body. I think classes should begin with an activity that calms people down in order to get them to focus on the upcoming assignments. Awesome workshop!

Amy’s Favorite Artist and Lesson Plan:

I thought it was a really unique that Amy’s favorite artist is Yoko Ono. I like that she included Ono’s book, Grapefruit, where Ono works through text and writes instructions for works of art. I am going to use this book as inspiration for one of my future lesson plans.

Here are some of Ono’s instructions:


Think that snow is falling. Think that snow is falling everywhere all the time. When you talk with a person, think
 that snow is falling between you and on the person. 
 Stop conversing when you think the person is covered by snow.


Imagine one thousand suns in the sky at the same time. 
 Let them shine for one hour. Then, let them gradually melt into the sky. Make one tuna fish sandwich and eat.

I was also really impressed by Amy’s lesson plan on Sol LeWitt’s instructions for second and third grades where she made “art recipes” for students to follow.

Simon’s Os Gêmeos (“Ose Zhe’-mee-ose.”) ”THE TWINS”: “It is often said that twins have a special connection, or even a language that only they understand. If this is indeed the case, Os Gemeos’s is manifested in what they refer to as “Tritrez” an imaginary place known only to them, where their playful yellow-faced characters come from.” “We are both part of one World: our world. We paint together always — the characters, background and letters. Sometimes, on some works we divide the piece so that one completes what the other one starts. We remember things and all of those things are materializing. Telepathy … we think maybe sometimes the silence says more.” (-Os Gemeos)

Jennie’s Architecture for Children: I love the idea of making architecture that is suited for children. If a teacher could pull of a “fort making” art lesson using architecture as its subject that would be absolutely incredible. Jennie added a great source called “Where the Wild Things Are” (my favorite children’s book) that children are very interested in. I really liked that Jennie included a link showing the winners of the fort-making contest. Here is the link:

Roxanna’s Italian Food Workshop: Roxanna knows this already but I found her workshop to be very inspirational. She made cooking look fun and easy even for beginners. I loved that she showed up in an apron, did a Julia Child impression and came prepared with all of her food. Her dish tasted wonderful as well. Bon appetit!



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