SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2008

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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with art Learning Objectives Students will: • studyunfamiliarmaterialsand discover painting using primarily design and color. • discoverthevalueofartintheir own community. • learnthatthe"workofart"is valuable,andthatfineartisonly one avenue to a career in the arts. • learnhands-ontheprocessofdisplayinganartshowfromadvertising,hostinganopening,totake down. Materials • slides,posters,and/ortextbooks fromwhichtoshareanddiscuss color,design,andtexture • wood,Masonite,cardboard,or anotheravailablesupportfor gesso;ourswereallapproximately 15x15"(38x38cm) • gesso • acrylicpaints • rags,oldbrushes,cut-uppiecesof cardboard • high-gloss,fast-dryingvarnish • inexpensivemetalhangingtacks forthebacks Samantha Smith representational images and the finished works were coated with a shiny varnish. Silent Auction Forty-five gesso boards were hung at a local restaurant. We conducted a three-week silent auction during the month of December, with minimum bids starting at $30. Thirty-five pieces sold, and we collected $1,005! We were all shocked, amazed, pleased, and fortified in our efforts to support our program and show the value of student work. Students had that real-life experience of selling their artwork—not a familiar experience. New energy was instilled into the artroom, and now we have supplies with which to work. Acknowledging that many pieces were purchased by family members, we nevertheless feel confident that everyone in this process benefited from the vicarious nature of the sale by students to the artwork now owned by Orlandites and hanging on walls all over the community! Lori Stevens is an art teacher at Orland High School in Orland, California. NatioNal StaNdardS Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks. Web liNk 37

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