SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2013

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Finally, I loved the expressiveness of each self-portrait. Students didn't create an army of generic egghead portraits; T each portrait had the flavor of the artist. I gave myself permission to let students make mistakes, and they surprised me by revealing their artistic voices. I believe what happened in my experiment is the essence of teaching, namely, encouragContinued from page 33. ing observation, creating an environment of experimentation, leading students to think critically and make artistic choices, and developing individual style. I can never go back to the egghead! Middle School Studio Lesson Pottery makes a great canvas Your source for acrylics, glazes and more! Cracking the Egghead Chantal Moesinger he students in my junior high art class have only had a semester of art foundations, and most never had an art class in elementary school. As a result, many of them lack the artistic experience that one would expect junior high students to have. Because of this, I provide formulas for success to ensure an impressive final product that will amaze my administration and prove my value to the school. The problem is, after nine years of teaching portraiture I have been getting frustrated with the results. Traditional Approaches For a long time, I taught drawing the way I was taught, using the "egghead" method and memorizing traditional facial proportions. I analyzed master portraits with students, then encouraged them to bring in a photo and draw a portrait. After all of that instruction, wouldn't you think the results would be fantastic? The answer turned out to be a resounding "no." Students weren't prepared to draw anything other than a straight-on view of a face. They reverted to memorized proportions even when the person they were drawing had wider set eyes, a smaller mouth, or larger ears. Worse yet, some copied the example I made during my demonstration. I asked myself what I had actually taught them. 32 August/September 2013 SchoolArts Chantal Moesinger is an art teacher at Millcreek Junior High in Bountiful, Utah. nATionAL STAnDARD Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices. 10% of your next online order Use promo code SAM-0813 888.568.5991 Web LinkS Just click and GO! Go to to instantly access any web links, products, or companies featured in this issue! Clay Tools & Reference Materials New Book Figure Sculpting by Philippe & Charisse Faraut $54.95 + Shipping PCF PO Box 722 Honeoye, NY 14471 585-229-2976 50 August/September 2013 SchoolArts

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