SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2012

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mounted on a board with colored poster board placed behind the scene to represent a sky and horizon line, similar in appearance to a diorama. Rebecca Jones, grade eleven. cal scenes. They first looked at definitions of the word "nonsensical:" (1) making no sense; (2) using things of little or no value or importance. Three-Dimensional Assemblages Students collected discarded items— symbols of culture that were no longer of value, such as bottle caps, wire, electronic parts, thread spools, cloth, and cans. The symbolic items were used to construct three-dimensional landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, or machines. Students taped, glued, and wired their objects together to create realistic scenes including boats, docks, bridges, buildings, trees, trains, and people. The assemblages were Final Product The original three-dimensional "scene" was transformed with paint into a surreal world. The paintings were whimsical in appearance and the small environments resembled Two-Dimensional Translation fantasy worlds not unlike Picabia's After completion of the threenonsensical machines. Each painting dimensional assemblages, students was unique and chose to either invited the viewer sketch their scenes Referencing Picabia's to look closely at an from observation or paintings of nonsensical improbable scene. take photographs of machinery for inspiration, Many students them from different especially Parade chose to keep their viewpoints. They drew their compoAmoureuse, I asked my prototype sculptures sitions on 140 lb. students to create their intact and found value in both forms watercolor paper and own nonsensical scenes. of art-making. applied a graded, transparent, acrylic Debra Lott is visual art chair at Assumpwash for the sky; the wash also served tion High School in Louisville, Kentucky. as an underpainting for the foreground. I reminded them to dampen their watercolor paper before applying NAtioNAl StANdArd acrylic wash to allow the colors to Students initiate, define, and solve blend and to achieve an atmospheric challenging visual arts problems indequality. The foreground was painted pendently using intellectual skills with opaque, water miscible oil paint such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluin a realistic style matching local ation. colors. (Acrylic paint can easily be substituted for oil.) The sky remained Web liNk a transparent wash. index.html 21

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