SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2018

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When the portraits are finished, have students use a ruler and pencil to mark a 2" band across the eyes (which will also leave 2" between the eyes). Show students how to cut these lines in from both sides and then score, fold, and glue to create a freestanding sculpture in which both sides are visible. Conclusion Now more than ever, we need to encourage introspection in think- ing as well as a positive attitude towards mental health with the adolescents we teach. We should encourage greater awareness of the good things in life. This can be accomplished with art projects that have a thoughtful, creative, and reflective structure. The proj - ects we develop can create new students can experiment with color and design as they creatively develop their compositions with the media of their choice. Instruct students to personalize their images by repeti- tion of colors, shapes, and patterns to c reate visual unity. Remind students that the eyes (the "windows to the soul") should be colorful and a real focal point for both the student and the viewer. When the images are complete, ask students to fill in the backs of their portraits with the sentences, words, and phrases from their jour - nals. Ask them to highlight the most significant keywords and phrases. This shows the connection of the artist's portrait to the writing. It also describes what we look like on the outside with what we sometimes don't share on the inside. roadways of reflection, introspec- tion, and hopefully, in this case, a life filled with thanksgiving. Ken Vieth is the author of The Visual Expe- rience, F rom Ordinary to Extraordinary: Art and Design Problem Solving, and Engaging the Adolescent Mind Through Visual Prob - lem Solving, a ll published by Davis Publi- cations. He is also a frequent contributor to SchoolArts. Robin Rudy is an art teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Fleming - ton, New Jersey. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and exter- nal context. W E B L I N K tips_for_keeping_a_gratitude_journal Student Self-Evaluation • Does your list of what you are thankful for reflect a wide variety of aspects in your life? • Which was harder: developing the image of yourself or creating the list of reasons you are thankful? Why? • What have you learned about yourself through this experience? • Will you continue to think about all you have and have been given? SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29

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