SchoolArts Magazine

SUM 2016

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 33 nect to the animal in an affectionate way. I also reminded them to pay attention to the other parts, such as the animal's ears, nose, and toes. Instant Animal Prints Pulling the animal away from the paper was magical every time. The contrast of the white paint and the texture provided unpredictable shad- ing and drama in these simple prints. Even some smudgy areas where a paw wiggled or an ear dragged added a feel- ing of movement to the print. Some students added multiple animals to their paper, creating a ghostly zoo. Others repeated the same animal a few times to test the results. They explored with confi - dence and instant gratification, no matter the results. Reviewing the Ghostly Zoo During an informal review, students suggested that the lesson be called "Ghost Animals" because of the starkness of the black and white colors. In a social media art teacher group, some teachers suggested a theme of endangered or extinct ani - mals as a social studies or science connection. This would take some time to prepare, as Tyrannosaurus rex, rhinoceros, or bald eagle toys Using to s for monoprints is an effective wa o engage oung students in an art- making process that can be fun et complicated. may be harder to find than a teddy bear, but they would be excellent springboards for discussion. Gail Borowski teaches art at Plumbrook Elementary in Sterling Heights, Michi - gan and Immanuel Lutheran School in Macomb Township, Michigan. gailborowski@yahoo.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 context. W E B L I N K www.gailborowski.webs.com www.schoolartsdigital.com/ i/555296-feb-2005/41 www.schoolartsdigital.com/ i/456754-march-2015/40

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