SchoolArts Magazine

NOV 2014

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The Visual Problem Ask students to develop a power- ful image based on the conflicts, struggles, and emotions they have experienced in their lives. After the discussion, students can research the three references, which will help them identify similar emotions of their own. Have students brainstorm and list a number of emotions, conflicts, and/or feelings that they have experi- enced. Challenge students to create a double-page spread for the interior of a book jacket based on the theme of their choice. They should each develop a powerful image based on their own reflections of adolescence. Students can initially work on a larger scale and then photograph and reduce their images to the final size if they desire. Further handwork could be applied to the reduced prints before converting them into the final format. This encourages stronger artistry, and the larger work could be used to compete or exhibit. Students should identify their themes on the outside binding. They can choose from any combination of media to complete their work. Assessment Have students reflect on the following questions: 1. When the observer opens your book, is it clear which conflicts or feelings are being addressed? 2. How does the choice of media enhance the cohesiveness of your subject? 3. Does your use of media combined with your idea show both creativity and sophistication? 4. What aspects of your work create the most impact or power? Encouraging Self-Expression It is important that a sense of trust be maintained in the classroom, espe- cially during this lesson. This encour- ages students to feel comfortable with expressing and revealing themselves through their artworks. When we empower our students to take on important issues, we are forming a lifelong structure for per- sonal ownership and self-expression. We should always offer our students a platform on which they can articulate the complex conflicts and emotions they experience on a daily basis. Our support can help them to feel more accepted and confident about who they are becoming. Nicole Brisco is an art teacher at Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas. nbrisco @ Ken Vieth is an art education consultant and co-author of The Visual Experience and other Davis Publications books. kvieth@ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Responding: Understanding and eval- uating how the arts convey meaning. W E B L I N K context.html 29

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