SchoolArts Magazine

AUG-SEP 2008

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Gre Applying Texture The final computer assignment utilizes a color scheme and includes textures or patterns in an interesting design. To fulfill this assignment, students are introduced to more tools available in the software: three-dimensional brush-strokes, paper surfaces, weaves, and patterns. Back to the Artroom Students return to the artroom with four distinct images and are now ready for the final presentation component— a sculptural accordion book that will showcase their four tree works. Each student receives four 7 x 9" (18 x 23 cm) black illustration board pieces and is asked to bring four 10–12" (24–30 cm) twigs, collected from home, to class for the book construction. The texture rubbing from the first day of class is cut into two 8 x 6½" (20 x 16.5 cm) and 12 x 10 ½" (30 x 27 cm) pieces. To create the book's cover, glue the 12 x 10½" pieces of the rubbing on separate pieces of black illustration board. Fold the excess paper over the edges of the board using mitred corners. These pieces will serve as the book's front and back covers. The inside boards of the covers are covered with the 8 x 6½" papers. Glue each of the four computer compositions to each piece of black illustration board. Be sure to smooth the paper carefully onto the cardboard when gluing. tta Vos s , gr ade ei g h t, s cu l pt u ral acc o rdio nb ook . A template assists students as they use a metal punch to create the holes in the sides of the boards. Additional decorative papers, fiber leaves, edger scissors, and raffia are offered as creative elements. Text may be included as an additional point of interest, and students are given two simple poem format options (a cinquain or diamante) for writing their own poems. Sticks are combined with raffia to bind the pages in an accordion fashion. After four class periods of book construction, the final results present a wonderful interpretation of nature with some technical help and artistic sculptural flair. Karen Watson-Newlin teaches art at Badger Ridge Middle School in Verona, Wisconsin. watsonnk@verona.k12.wi.us NatioNal StaNdard Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas. Web liNk graphicssoft.about.com/od/designandcreate/tp/artsoftware.htm SchoolArts August/September 2008 27

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