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AUG-SEP 2013

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Elementary Studio Lesson Crazy HAir DAy Cindy Hasio E ver had a day when you woke up and your hair was all over the place? Students at Ryan Elementary all had "crazy hair" one day when they came into art class. Students learned how to draw different "crazy hair" patterns of lines including straight, wavy, curvy, zigzag, and spirals. Objectives for this lesson helped students develop an awareness of different kinds of lines, understand the idea of repetition and pattern using lines, and allowed them to learn the process of using line in a composition. Students drew and combined different lines to create a "crazy hair" effect, using six lines per pattern. It's always good to demonstrate how to draw various types of lines first on a practice paper. Using a projector, I demonstrated how to create each type of line. If you don't have a projector, use a large space or paper to draw on so that students sitting farther back can see each line being drawn. Motivation through Movement Learning how to draw lines and patterns should be a fun activity, so I had students act out different kinds of lines through arm movements. For example, if I asked them about wavy lines, they would make "waves" with their arms. If I asked them about zigzag lines, students would draw an invisible zigzag with their hands in the air. This allowed students to become engaged and motivated in the learning process. Slow and Steady Gets Them Ready Students started off drawing straight lines, then curvy lines. Once they drew six lines per pattern, I challenged them to create a combination of dif40 August/September 2013 SchoolArts Left: Hannah. Right: Margarita. ferent lines within a pattern. Making sure that students draw slowly during practice is the key to evenly spaced patterns. lines with a different color. It is good to have a variation of lines and directions because it gives emphasis to the effect of "crazy hair" and Ever had a day when you highlights movement Adaptations woke up and your hair in the drawing. I For special needs was all over the place? encouraged students students, it would to fill up the entire be good to create adaptive materials page with lines and patterns so that the such as placing a marker in a hollow crazy hair was emphasized. water noodle made of soft flexible foam This assignment will take several or pushing a marker inside a piece of classes to complete, and you will be air-dry modeling compound so that able to assess how students demonstudents can grip the materials more strate recognition of different lines and easily. how they create the same patterns of lines repeated in their portrait. Make the Crazy Hair Crazier Cindy Hasio is a Ph.D student in art eduAfter practice, students drew on 12 cation at the University of North Texas in x 18" (30 x 45 cm) white paper using Denton, Texas. markers. I had them turn the paper vertically so they were able to draw a NatioNal StaNdard face towards the bottom of the page Students use visual structures and to make lots of room for the hair. I functions of art to communicate ideas. encouraged students to mix different lines together such as wavy-zigzag, Web liNk straight-curvy, curvy-wavy, straight and color each pattern of six

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