SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2013

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Stained Glass with Leaves The Art Problem How can young students safely create stained glass? Objective Students will create an artwork that resembles stained glass using safe materials. Materials waxed paper, multiple colors of tissue paper (cut into small scraps), leaves and/or flowers, shaved crayon, an iron, ironing board, premade mat frames, glue Procedures 1. Take students outside to collect leaves and flowers, or ask them to bring some from home. 2. Once back in the classroom, give each student a sheet of waxed paper and demonstrate how to fold it horizontally. 3. Instruct students to open the wax paper and arrange scraps of tissue paper on one side. Encourage them to use a variety of colors. 4. Have students arrange leaves and/or flowers on the same side as the tissue paper. 5. Give each student a modest amount of shredded crayon to sprinkle into the blank spots left in between the tissue paper and leaves. 6. Have students fold the plain side of the waxed paper over the top of the tissue paper, leaves, and crayon. 7. Take each student's composition and iron it on low heat until the crayon has melted and the waxed paper is stuck together. 8. Attach mat frames with glue. Once dry, display the finished compositions in a window. They will become illuminated by the light shining through! By Morgan Freeberg, student teacher at Sinagua Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona. Self-Portraits from Nature The Art Problem How can students put a new spin on the typical self-portrait? Objective Students will create a self-portrait from natural objects. Materials 8 x 11" (20 x 28 cm) pieces of cardboard, pencils, glue, organic materials Procedures 1. Tell students that they will be making a self-portrait from objects found in nature. 2. Provide an opportunity for students to collect natural objects such as leaves, berries, and twigs. 3. Distribute cardboard. 4. Demonstrate how to draw an oval shape for a face. 5. Ask students to consider how they will represent facial features and hair using only natural objects. For example, long hair might be shown with pine needles. Early Childhood Middle School 6. Encourage students to experiment with the placement of objects to depict their own features. 7. When a satisfactory self-portrait is achieved, distribute glue and attach all materials to the cardboard. 8. After the self-portraits are finished, encourage students to discuss the choices they made. What do they like best about their selfportraits? How does using natural materials affect their self-portraits? Assessment Did students successfully create a self-portrait from objects found in nature? By Susan Donner, an art education student at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Personality Portraits The Art Problem How can young students best express themselves in a selfportrait? Objective Students will use patterns and lines to create a self-portrait that captures their personalities. Materials white tag board, tempera cakes, brushes, black permanent markers, examples of artwork with distinct patterns and lines Procedure 1. Have students view and discuss examples of artwork with distinct patterns and lines, particularly selfportraits. 2. Demonstrate how to draw the human face, focusing on facial expressions. 3. Ask students to draw three thumbnail sketches of themselves with various facial expressions. Elementary 4. Have students talk with a partner to determine which thumbnail sketch is most like them. 5. Students draw their self-portrait on the tagboard and trace their pencil marks with a black permanent marker. They should erase any pencil marks that still show. 6. Have students add patterns and details to their work, focusing on expressing themselves with the type and quality of lines they use. 7. Demonstrate how to paint the self-portraits and have students paint their work in colors that they feel express their personalities. By Amanda Koonlaba, artist and art teacher at Lawhon Elementary School in Tupelo, Mississippi. Geometric Ceiling Tile The Art Problem How can students communicate their understanding of geometric design in an interesting way? Objective Students will create a geometric design for a classroom ceiling tile. Materials 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm) lay-in acoustical ceiling tiles, assorted acrylic paints, bristle brushes, water Procedures 1. Have students practice making geometric shapes using rulers, triangles, protractors, and compasses on paper. 2. Students will draw out a design for a 24 x 24" ceiling tile on paper. High School 3. Students will transfer their designs to the ceiling tiles. 4. Have students paint their designs directly onto the tiles. 5. Optional: Use a ladder and safety precautions to install tiles into ceiling spaces in or around the artroom. Assessment Use a rubric to assess quality of geometric design, painting, and intricacy of design. By Sharon Warwick, art teacher at Winfree Academy in Denton, Texas.

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