SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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Elementary Studio Lesson er nd Fe Benders Miranda Nelken D o you want to be behind the wheel of a turbocharged sports car gliding along smooth asphalt, or feel 400 pounds of torque peeling out on an empty desert road, or sit in the lap of luxury in a leather upholstered Cadillac? There are no bad answers to those questions for third and fourth graders as they talked about the cars they would repoussé. Repoussé, the art of applying pressure to metal with a wooden point, was the logical choice for forging the steel bodies of automobiles, which were the focus of this lesson. Each car was paired with a landscape, making the road trip an adventure in drawing. Both parts of the lesson challenged students' knowledge of perspective. 34 March 2009 SchoolArts smaller as it goes away. Small touches Perspective Drawing Practice like streetlights and lines also created Students began this simple perspecthe illusion of space. tive exercise by drawing straight lines from the curves and corners of geoDrawing Cars metric shapes to a vanishing point on Each student chose a photograph of a horizon line. The shapes were cut a car from a magazine, newspaper, off with drawn lines to become forms or library book. such as cylinders and cubes. Repoussé, the art of applying Since a car is basically two Organic shapes pressure to metal with a different-sized were added, as wooden point, was the logical metal boxes well as bubble choice for forging the steel stacked on top letters, to chalof each other, lenge students bodies of automobiles. students were who wanted to encouraged to imagine the car as go further. two rectangles. On 3 x 5" (8 x 13 cm) I also had students practice drawsketch paper, they sketched similar ing roads. A straight road can be rectangles and then drew the negative drawn like a triangle, wide at the space the car did not occupy within bottom, and disappearing at the vanthe rectangles. ishing point. A road that swerves gets

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