SchoolArts Magazine

DEC 2014

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before making the final design. It is important to include small, medium, and large shapes as well as layers of color. A repeating color scheme is encouraged to create unity. Students are actively involved with the design elements of color, space, and shape. The principles of design used in this lesson are unity, scale, rhythm, balance, dominance, and similarity and contrast. Once all the design elements have been worked through, students carefully glue their pieces to the background. Assessment The following summative assess - ment is used to evaluate student work: • Design shows understanding of symmetry and balance. • Shapes were cut in an intricate manner showing interesting rep - etition of positive and negative spaces. • Shapes have been layered and overlapped in a visually interesting manner. • The colors used unify and comple - ment the overall design. • A variety of shapes and sizes have been used. The collages can be displayed indi- vidually or as a unified piece for more visual impact. The colorful designs contrasted with the black paper makes for a strong visual design that appeals to middle school students. Jane Copp is an art teacher at Hampton Academy in Hampton, New Jersey. jane- copp @ comcast.net 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 bit.ly/1usQ81F Lindsey Dumond. Kali Slauter. Kaity Weeks. Mikhaela Acuna-Stevenson. 37

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