SchoolArts Magazine

MAR 2009

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L This technique worked best for cars with only one side showing. A wooden rectangular block made a helpful individual drawing aide for students drawing two headlights and a rear tail light. The block was lined up to match the car's angle, so students could see and sketch the form of the car in a simplified manner. Working in Metal Students cut out the finished car sketches and I fit and taped them onto metal toiling foil, much like a puzzle (in order not to waste the foil). I roughly cut them from the sheet of foil and returned them to students. Students placed the metal foil, drawing side up, on top of a segment of remnant carpet pad or newspaper folded to make a thick pad. Using a wooden point or pencil point, students drew with pressure on top of the original sketch of their car. The metal complies to the pressure of rH Keif fe right: e f t to ick e ; st u d e f iv s, gra the wood tip by bending, transferring the drawing onto the metal sheet. Students also added a careful trim around (but not on) the car outline, which revealed the beauty of the car. Permanent markers were used to add the excitement of flames, numbers, and colors to the cars. Creating a Background Students geared up to draw a landscape of their choice. Books from the library helped provide the ideas and details to bring shape to the landscapes. Students were given 11 x 18" (28 x 46 cm) paper and reminded to draw in perspective with large foreground shapes and smaller background shapes. Many options were offered for students to complete the landscapes. Markers, colored pencils, and crayons were provided for coloring. Texture plates were available for differentiating surfaces. Some students chose to dent a t a l ie , k ; Na r t w or fo u grade r. cut out the ground and glue it onto a colored paper sky. Acrylic glitter glaze accented water, sun, and night skies. Colored sand was a last detail some chose to add on road tops. The overall effect was one of varied and pleasing surfaces, textures, and media. The lesson was a favorite for almost all my students. Miranda Nelken taught this lesson at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury, Vermont. mnelken@tbps.org NatioNal StaNdard Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks. WeB liNk Desktoppub.about.com/library/glossary/bldef-foilembossing.htm schoolartsonline.com 35

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