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JAN 2014

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including the elements of art such as texture and shape for the bricks, and line for the vines and Rapunzel's hair. I was so inspired! I had a fresh idea for making the fairy-tale connection in my own lesson. starting with Landscape After a review of color mixing, students painted half of a 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) sheet of paper with a color for the sky and added clouds if desired. Next, they created the mountainous terrain by crumpling 6 x 18" (15 x 46 cm) white and green pieces of paper. They flattened these out, added color with water-soluble oil pastels, then painted over the pastels with water. When the papers were dry, students tore them in half lengthwise. The white paper was torn to create a mountain range, while the green was torn in a curved line. These papers were glued into place as the background landscape. constructing castles With the landscapes complete, the fun of creating castles could begin. I demonstrated the basic ways of turning a toilet-paper tube into a castle by cutting the tube up the back, creating two small folds lengthwise along the cut line, then gluing the folds down. Students came up with their own ideas for using the tubes and made castles with drawbridges, towers, flags, moats, and more. After the castles were complete, students painted them black. I really liked the texture that Depp's students created on their castles, so I had students use sponges and gray paint to create a similar texture. Another idea I borrowed from Depp was adding the mortar or space between the bricks. Several of my students created this same effect by drawing into the wet paint with the back of a paintbrush. embellishment Once the castles were complete, we chatted about fairy tales. I liked Depp's focus on Rapunzel and decided to do the same. On separate sheets of paper, students drew dragons, knights, and flying unicorns, cut them out, and added them to their castles. One student even decided to use string to create Rapunzel's hair. Students' creativity really blossomed with the introduction to these tales. When the castles were complete, many students decided to write fairy tales of their own to accompany their masterpieces. reflection I originally planned for this project to simply be a castle-building lesson, but discovering Depp's lesson really inspired me to take this project to a whole new level. I am continually inspired and motivated by my art teacher colleagues. Cassie Stephens is an art teacher at Johnson Elementary School in Franklin, Tennessee. StephensCas@fssd.org nationaL standard Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art. Web Link www.cassiestephens.blogspot.com bit.ly/1aLV85 Lauren, grade four. schoolartsonline.com 37

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