SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2018

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and colors they observe into shapes that can be connected or layered to represent areas of their image. They should think of it as a jigsaw puzzle and make the shapes they need to piece together the image. Understanding Composition The buildup and attention to the pro- cess are also strong components of this lesson. Figure drawing is about combining your knowledge of the body with the observational skills Rendering Forms Students mix colors on large pieces of paper to use during collaging. They attempt to accurately render the work they have sketched, while also remembering to match expec- tation to reality. They tear and cut paper, finding new ways to blend value and color and render form. From Pencil to Paper Students often struggle with the transition from pencil to paper. There is a comfort in working with a mate- rial you understand and can use. I t hink having them develop their preliminary sketches in pencil is a great way to help them wrap their minds around the idea of turning a sketch into a collage. To effectively blend values and colors in a collage, I advise students to turn those values Figure drawing is about combining our knowledge of the bod ith the observational skills ou possess. you possess. You need ability in both if you want to render a strong com- position. The buildup to this final project deepened students' under- standing of their compositions. It laid a foundation that gave them stability as they moved into the new media of collage. Jude Saleet is art department chair at Oakwood School in Seaside, California. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K programs/high-school/high-school- visual-arts Georgia Braun-Rudin, Rib Cage, grade ten. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35

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