SchoolArts Magazine

JAN 2014

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Making the Common Uncommon Start in students' comfort zone by asking them to carefully view an ordinary object from their work area or elsewhere in the classroom, such as a book, pencil, or eraser. They should view the object from different points of view and in different positions. They should observe how angles and shapes change as they slowly turn the object and move it above and below eye level. Using a common object, such as a small stool or empty plastic bucket, demonstrate how the appearance of the object changes as you manipulate the viewer's point of view and the object's position. For example, you might hold the object above your head, at eye level, and at your waist, describing how it looks different from each viewpoint. You might also try placing the object on a table in different positions (standing normally, upsidedown, tipped at an angle, on its side, etc.), describing how its appearance Ariana Ramirez wrote, "I wanted the vessel to be a home for something. Thinking about tea changes. or coffee steam, I made that something a ghost couple. They stand in the opening teaching their son, who's just left home, about making good first impressions." Explain to students that their assignment is to creatively transform with his or her object, handle it, turn Ask them to share their thumbnails an ordinary object into something it, explore it, and closely study it. and transformation ideas with classextraordinary. Specifically, they will mates to extend their brainstorming. use point of view or the positioning of Next, give students fifteen or an object to create drama or help tell a twenty minutes to explore their story, and create a setting to increase objects by making thumbnail sketches Completion and Discussion the drama or help tell a story. from as many points of view and posiStudents should begin their final tions as they can. drawings with light Observation and Discovery Explain that they "Being creative is about lines, which they Ask students to bring to class a small, should be imaginmaking fresh connections can erase if necessimple object with minimal surface ing ways they could sary, as they refine so that we see things decoration, or you can provide objects tell a story with the their drawings. in new ways and from from school sources (boxes, jars, object or dramatize They may wish to different perspectives." add a few touches bowls, tennis balls, coffee cups, etc.). it. Ask them to Direct students to take several minbrainstorm a variety of color to complete utes to first discover their objects by of real or imaginary settings or props their drawings. Ask each student to observing them carefully before doing they might include to add excitement, write a title or brief story on an index any drawing. Ask each student to play mystery, or humor to their drawings. card to submit with the finished work. 18 January 2014 SchoolArts

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