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January 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 17 sive, I strive to have them each put a part of themselves into their artworks. Once color choices are made, stu- dents are free to paint or draw their final compositions on any work sur- face, using any media. Critique and Self-Evaluation After the projects are completed (which takes about a month), stu- dents fill out self-evaluation forms for assessment and reflection, hopefully motivating them to set higher goals in the future. Here, I give students a chance to describe, analyze, and talk about their work using terminology discussed in class. This helps them commit to their work and forces them to take a more active assess- ment role, rather than being pas- sive recipients of feedback. It also shows me how well students grasp the lesson and their understand- ing of the rubric/grading criteria. This lesson challenges even the most advanced artists. This drastic and exaggerated view of the figure pushes students' cre- ativity and enhances their obser- vational and decision-making skills. Justin Hayden is an art teacher at Western Wayne High School in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania. Jth93456 @hotmail.com 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 con- text. W E B L I N K www.marywood.edu/galler- ies/galleries/mahady/detail. html?inode =ac0d643a-7b98- 48ca-bb68-0a2ea44f878f This drastic and exaggerated view of the figure pushes students' creativity and enhances their observational and decision-making skills. students test their proportional cal- culations by measuring one body part against another. Environment and Color Once viewpoint and perspective are taken care of, I leave environment and color choices up to students. Remind - ing them that color communicates mood, I encourage students to work with a photo-editing program and play around with color harmonies and lighting. Whether a student's approach is realistic or stylistic, linear or expres -

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