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Summer 2019

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taped border and signed their beauti- ful works. The end results were so successful that I ended up presenting exactly the same creative challenge to my remaining AP Studio and Art Foundations classes. Reflections There are many reasons why this challenge is such a rich one. The fin - ished artworks are virtually success- ful, regardless of the student's skill level, though an understanding of color and composition is helpful. I left the parameters open, but the period of art or the culture could be speci - fied, as could the color harmonies, for a more focused investigation. While we were at the end of the year and I did not have time to provide much new or reinforced content before or after, this approach could be used to introduce or review concepts such as figure-ground relationships and positive-negative space. Extensions Though the resulting paintings stand on their own, students could be given the option of gluing one or more of their stencils on top, using the spray painting more as a prepared ground. They could even draw or paint on top. Finally, while we worked small and individually for the sake of time, I can imagine that these pieces could be made quite large as a collaborative artwork for the school or community. While my AP Art History students had more of a personal connection to the motifs they chose, even my Art Foundations students achieved inspir- ing results. Reaching back propelled all of us forward. Betsy DiJulio is a National Board Certi- fied Art Teacher at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. betsy. dijulio @vbschools.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Organize and develop artis- tic ideas and work. W E B L I N K Author Website: thebloomingpalette. com/betsy-dijulio-art SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29

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