SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2013

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Abstract Animals Early Childhood The Essential Question How can students create expressive artwork about animals? Objective Students will create a watercolor resist painting of their favorite animal using expressive colors. Materials drawing paper, oil pastels, liquid watercolors, paintbrushes Procedures 1. Discuss images of expressive animal art. Why do artists use expressive colors instead of realistic colors in their work? 2. As a class, brainstorm a list of students' favorite animals. 3. Encourage students to visualize their chosen animal before drawing. Demonstrate drawing animals using basic shapes and filling shapes completely with oil pastels. Paper Sculptures 4. Demonstrate the watercolor painting process. Students should fill their entire paper with colors that express feelings about their selected animal. 5. Ask students to review completed work, pointing out those that stand out. Assessment Did students successfully use basic shapes and expressive color to create a painting of their favorite animal? By Sarah DeWitt Brooks, art teacher at Oakton Elementary School in Oakton, Virginia. Middle School The Essential Question How can students use their knowledge of contemporary artists to create an inspired paper sculpture? Objective Students will create their own paper sculptures inspired by contemporary paper sculptors Jen Stark and Yulia Brodskaya, among others. Materials paper (variety of colors, textures, and sizes), scissors, hot glue, hot glue guns, white school glue, examples of work by Jen Stark and Yulia Brodskaya Procedures 1. Show examples of the work of Jen Stark and Yulia Brodskaya, then compare and contrast how both artists use paper to create sculptures. 2. Students should create ten thumbnail sketches of potential sculptures, using the work of the artists studied as inspiration. 3. Students should select one sketch and plan how many pieces of paper will be needed to build their sculptures before obtaining their materials from the teacher. 4. After discussing materials and plans, show students the various paper manipulation techniques they will use to create their pieces. 5. Students will create their sculptures by cutting, folding, and gluing elements together to achieve desired effects. 6. Display the finished sculptures in a public space (such as the library) and critique the outcomes. Assessment Students are assessed on creativity, artistry, ambition, and use of design elements. By Janine Campbell, visual arts teacher at Byron Center West Middle School in Byron Center, Michigan. Word Pictures Elementary 3. Continue until the entire page is filled. 4. Erase the pencil lines. The Essential Question Integrating an art project with another subject area provides students with an in-depth learning experience. How can you successfully engage young art students in an interdisciplinary art lesson? Assessment How successful were students in creating recognizable imagery using just text to add color, shape, definition, and texture? Objective Students will create a picture composed entirely of words. By Janice Corsino, visual arts teacher at Le Jardin Academy in Kailua, Hawaii. Materials 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) white drawing paper, pencils, erasers, colored markers Procedures 1. Using a pencil, lightly draw a simple composition on a piece of white drawing paper. 2. Using markers, fill in the shape of each image/object with the word that identifies or describes it (e.g., "tree" or "sun"). Model Mondays High School The Essential Question How can you introduce high-school students to figure drawing in a fun and nonintimidating manner? Objective Students will learn the art of figure study and gesture drawing by direct observation of live models over the course of eight class periods. Students will deconstruct their figure studies to create a final artwork. Materials 18 x 24" (46 x 61 cm) white drawing paper, graphite, erasers, charcoal, markers, crayons, acrylic paint, watercolor, brushes, water cups, colored pencils, oil pastels, scissors, glue, mixed-media materials Procedures 1. Give a quick lesson on the importance of figure studies and gestural line drawings. 2. Invite dance students to pose as models at the beginning of art class each Monday for eight weeks. Explain to students that they will be required to do three, three-minute sketches on the same piece of paper for the eight weeks, using a different medium each week. 3. At the end of the eighth week, students will have one week to deconstruct their layered studies, creating a new, reconstructed creative piece. Mixed media and collage is encouraged during this process. Assessment Students will conduct group critiques several times throughout the eight-week lesson and assess their learning using a final project evaluation rubric. Finally, they will mount their work and exhibit it at the spring dance performance. By Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT art teacher and department chair at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, and Ph.D candidate at the University of Georgia.

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