SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2012

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Elementary Studio Lesson reAdy , SeT, actioN! Linda Smith L ooking for a great way to publicize your art program while integrating art history, technology, art concepts, painting, drawing, and performance opportunities into one project? Then hosting a living artist exhibition might just be for you. Each year, the school librarian and I conduct a collaborative study of impressionism with our fifth-grade classes. Students select an American or French impressionist from a predetermined list, which becomes their primary focus over the next several weeks. The Investigative Journey Begins With a general background of impressionism gained through selected readings, videos, discussions, and print resources, students research their artists in the library using the Internet 30 december 2012 SchoolArts Reproducing the Painting and a substantial supply of books that In the meantime, weekly art classes have been compiled specifically for are bustling with activity. Using an this project. acetate overlay and marker, students Under the guidance of the librarare directed in an activity of isolating ian, students keep a folder of essential (outlining) the significant shapes in facts, which is used to complete a their artwork selections. Fewer shapes fact book about the artist. Students make the job of reproducing much also love to personalize their fact easier. Once an artwork is selected, it book and often use printed scrapbook is drawn freehand or papers, stamping, and using the grid method, drawings as embellishThe "living artists" ments. confidently stand by on 16 x 20" (40 x 50 cm) canvas panels. A checklist of their paintings and The painting experesearch topics created by the librarian is used eagerly play the roles rience is full of new to aid students in their of the famous artists. opportunities since most students have investigation. Students are encouraged to pay particular atten- never painted on canvas with acryltion to the clothing style of the period, ics. Students learn how to see and experience color interactions. They relationships among the artists, favorskillfully sharpen their ability to mix ite subject matter, and any fun and color, making it one of their most unusual facts about the artist or time memorable learning experiences. It is period.

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