SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2019

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and using gestures if words are lacking. I stress the size of the head and say, "Head is BIG, not small," adding sim - pler words as students draw in pencil. Lesson Two As before, we start with vocabulary, repeating words from lesson one. New words are introduced: slow, lines, trace, black, erase, etc. I dem - onstrate careful tracing, improving the sketch if necessary. "Erase all pencil lines, please" is the phrase I repeat, after students add marker to their drawings. Lessons one and two can be easily combined for a "regular" art class, but for art in English I like to stretch the process, allowing for slower paced and more vocabulary-oriented learning. Lesson Three Again, we start with the English lesson, describing students' portraits. More words are added when I ask "What is this?" and hold up a cup, water, brushes, paper towels, and paints. I demonstrate the wet-on-wet technique, saying "No lines, please." Students use a wide brush to spread colors on the wet paper, leaving minimal marks. (A paper towel comes in handy to blot excess water.) Students use smaller brushes to show the wet-on-dry technique, saying "Small brush for small space" as they color details like eyes or lips. The Funny Face project is very successful with my students. It offers basic English vocabulary and at the same time, it teaches useful art tech- niques. It provides a high degree of success and many laughs, as most children can draw a simple, cartoony portrait with ease. Using art to teach a foreign language to my French stu- dents is magnifique! Izabella Kostrzewski is an elementary art teacher at Lycee Francais de Varsovie, in Warsaw, Poland.; izakos001@ 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. A student paints using the wet-on-wet watercolor technique. Students learned to name various facial features before working on their humorous portraits. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 31

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