SchoolArts Magazine

October 2018

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OCTOBER 2018 SchoolArts W hen developing lessons based on artists I admire, I try my best to find different ways to approach their work and offer divergent outcomes for stu - dents. Instead of finding an artist and r epeating the same medium or look or outcome as the artist of note, we look to the process adapted by that artist and figure out ways we can use that as a springboard for our own creations as we dive into better understandings of media, methods, and concepts. I have seen some amazing work by classrooms inspired by Heather Han- sen, a dancer and artist who uses her own body and performance to create large-scale drawings. Her work is very relatable to the classroom and allows so much content to be covered. You can talk about using movement in art, symmetry, and drawing with your whole self, as well as drawing as a performance. Having students mimic Hansen's process gets them out of their seats, moving around the room, smearing chalk on their hands, and fully engaged with making bold marks on a large surface. When viewing Hansen's work and following her drawing process, it's difficult to find fault with wanting to adapt it to the classroom. But, what if we moved past just mimicking what she does and found a new way to be inspired by the process to create addi- tional works with different media? Starting with Drawing This was a question I posed as I pre- pared my high-school 3D students t o create their own Hansen-inspired H I G H S C H O O L REIMAGINING Janine Campbell 26 26 HEATHER HANSEN Krista, abstract paper sculptures. OCTOBER 2018 SchoolArts

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