SchoolArts Magazine

FEB 2013

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amazing quadriplegic stone sculptors, Alistair Green and Garry Curry, who cofounded the Society for Disabled Artists (SODA). Journaling I begin the lesson by having students journal about a time they experienced healing or were witness to someone struggling with illness. I suggest ways that expressions of compassion can be comforting and that compassionate comfort contains an element of healing. I encourage students to recall what the person who was suffering wore, what they enjoyed doing, what they liked to eat, and what they did together. Some books are stories about remembrance, divorce, friends, illness, and tragic losses. Students express variations of hurt, loss, and admiration for the people they write about. In all cases, compassion and powerful emotion surface. The Structure Students hold the book in B format, Visual journaling begins on two 6" open the center towards them, hinge it (15 cm) squares of drawing paper. Stubackward, and turn 90 degrees. They dents use a dominant color in each continue to open from center and back of four images—blue, green, red, and four times. yellow. One page is cool on both sides; the other is warm. Students use tints Closure and shades of each dominant color to Rather than engage in a critique, reinforce color theory. students who are willing share their I instruct stustories. I allow dents to keep Students express variations students time to important details of hurt, loss, and admiration journal and spill out of the cortheir thoughts for the persons they ners, as some onto paper. write about. In all cases, corners will be Due to their compassion and powerful hidden later when personal nature I the form is condo not display the emotion surface. structed. After books, but it is images are approved, students follow gratifying to see students engage and the measurements shown in figures A share among themselves. The makand B, making sure any pasted mateing of this transformable book teaches rial isn't too thick to hinder the folds. empathy in an artful and satisfying way. Book-Making Linda Vorderer is an art teacher at Queen I instruct students to cut the two of Peace High School in Burbank, Illinois. squares in half (heavy lines). Note that the cut goes at a right angle to NAtioNAl StANdArd the fold lines (dotted lines). Keeping Students apply media, techniques, pieces situated as shown, students and processes with sufficient skill, place A pieces over B pieces and glue confidence, and sensitivity that their them securely in the corners. I ask intentions are carried out in their artstudents to check that centers meet works. but do not overlap. Secure gluing and exact measurWeb liNkS ing are important so the book folds www.rainbows.org and bends smoothly. Fold lines should www.ebility.com/articles/sculptors.php hinge easily forward and back. Use a bone folder for this. Jess Douglas: Some students choose to illustrate very personal, internal struggles. schoolartsonline.com 35

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