SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2013

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they created a pattern of graphite lines across their paper from top to bottom and side to side. I purposely did not specify how many lines, how close together, or whether they should be diagonal or parallel/perpendicular to the sides. Drawing from Observation Working from observation, but using their thumbnails for placement, students began laying out their compositions in vine charcoal. They modeled them using vine, compressed, and white charcoal, striving to "pop" their contrasts in a realistic—if slightly exaggerated—way. Finally, I offered students the choice of enhancing their line patterns with black or white charcoal and/or their erasers, allowing them to under- or overlap their wrapped chair forms. As a finishing touch, they incorporated stenciled letters and/or numbers (I offered a wide variety of sizes and fonts) to enhance their compositions— without spelling words—again using black or white charcoal and/or their erasers. chair drawings. The stenciled letters ing the sheet around it, striving to and numbers would especially add a conceal detail and reveal essence in sense of authoritative mystery to the an interesting way. They zoomed-in drawings. using viewfinders I liked working with the (optional) to find First I rounded up six different chairs concept of concealing a section of the from our choral/thedetail to reveal essence. wrapped chair on which they wanted atre department (our classrooms are outfitted with six tables, to focus and created a 4 x 5" (10 x 13 cm) modeled graphite thumbnail of it each with four chairs). Then I went on a hunt for six sheets, ultimately finding in their sketchbooks. Next, students masked the edges muslin-like fitted sheets at a discount of 14 x 17" (35 x 43 cm) gray recycled department store. After a brief intro to paper with 1" (2.5 cm) masking tape, Christo and Jeanne-Claude's work, I leaving a 12 x 15" (30 x 38 cm) work presented the challenge, along with a space, a size I favor for many reasons, sample I had made. including that it is exactly three times larger than our 4 x 5" thumbnail temCollaborative Teams plates. Students laid down a mediumWorking in teams of four, students gray ground using vine charcoal and first chose a chair, placed it on their paper towel, and using a straight edge, table, and begin wrapping and tuck- Reflections The finished drawings were extremely strong across the board, and some were exquisite. The moral of this story for teachers is to hang onto those articles and units you are "drawn" to, even if you don't know why or cannot imagine how you will use them. Like The Gates, which Christo and JeanneClaude began planning in 1979 but weren't able to realize until 2005, circumstances and contexts will change and the time will become exactly right. Betsy DiJulio is a National Board Certified art teacher at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she was the 2010 Citywide Teacher of the Year. NatioNal StaNdard Students create multiple solutions to specific visual arts problems that demonstrate competence in producing effective relationships between structural choices and artistic functions. Web liNk 35

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