SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2014

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Page 25 of 58 21 resent familiar legends or notable events. My students were amazed by the unique animal designs and the size of the carvings on the poles. Animal Designs Students each chose an animal and sketched it using contour lines. Care- ful planning was required to create a design for inside the animal. Students imagined what the spirit of their cho- sen animal might look like, includ- ing their natural habitats and parts of other animals' images. They drew their totem animals in pencil and then outlined them with black per- manent marker. The original animal drawings were copied at this point so they could be combined into coloring books for the whole class. Spirits, Warm and Cool The next step was to add intricate line patterns inside the animal drawings. The most exciting part, though, was adding color with liquid watercolors. Students painted either warm or cool colors inside their animal, then used the opposite for the outside. Students were so excited to see their artwork alongside their class- mates' work in the class coloring books. They were happy to be able to color their peers' artwork using their own interpretations. They were also proud to frame and share their work in displays around school. Linda Sachs is an art teacher in the Rock- wood School District in St. Louis, Mis- souri. sachslinda@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K Students were amazed by the unique animal designs and the size of the carvings on the poles.

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