SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2013

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Each student decided which paintings and began their drawings using 3H should be hung on the wall, although I pencils. Expectations included a did require one to be by Piet Mondrian minimum of five paintings and two to see if they sculptures, floorTo share my passion for could interpret ing and lighting, technical accuvisiting museums and galleries, his paintings in racy, and good I asked my students to design perspective. To facilitate their artistry. Personal the interior of an art gallery understanding development of and fill it with a variety of of twentieththe gallery was paintings and sculptures. century artists, encouraged. I made lamiDaily confernated placards of twentieth-century ences were held with each student to abstract art and had books on modern discuss potential ideas and review as artists available for reference. Some needed. students used the resources, but others preferred creating their own artDay Six work. Students outlined their drawing using an extra-fine permanent marker. RulExhibition of Learning ers continued to be used to maintain The finished results demonstrated technical accuracy. strong evidence of learning, enthusiasm, and pride. Drawings reflected Days Seven through Eight technical accuracy, and the diverse Students brought the gallery to life exhibitions combined recognizable with colored pencils. A brief lesson classics alongside contemporary on shading forms was given, helping originals. Like visitors to a museum students understand changing values. commenting on what they see, students who viewed their friends' work hanging in the hallway could be heard commenting on which gallery drawing they liked best. Encouraging students to attend museums and other cultural events in their community helps extend learning and stimulates participation in the arts. This project not only taught students important drawing skills, but also promoted an appreciation of the role museums play in our lives. Mary Coy teaches art at Spry Middle School in Webster, New York, and is a member of the SchoolArts editorial advisory board. MaryCoy@rochester.rr.com national Standard Students integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks. Web link www.websterschools.org/webpages/ mcoy Emily Folan, grade eight. schoolartsonline.com 25

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