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September 2017

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Feet-Approved Paint We use acrylic paint, although tempera or finger paint could work depend- ing on your budget and availability. I p laced white paint on each palette and let students choose three other colors (if using black, save it until the end). I had buckets of water, paper tow- els, and trashcans spread throughout t he room. In the future, I might bring baby wipes, too. When a student was finished with their work, I placed their painting on the drying rack. The student sat on a nearby stool and used damp paper towels to wipe their feet. A few students were worried as they couldn't remove the paint that had stained their nails or dried in- between their toes. Ah, the beauty of creating art! I reassured them it would wash off in the shower. Lesson Extension If you are daring enough, you could spend a second day on this project and have students add highlights, addi- tional colors, or even give them black paint for some added detail. You could also pass out chalk or oil pastel, paper for collage, or permanent markers and see what kind of detail they add to their work. We spent the second day briefly critiquing each piece. Conclusions Using the Studio Habits of Mind (Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education, 2007) as a guide, I developed this lesson as way to encourage my students to see art I wanted to encourage m students to take a deep breath and experience art in a new wa . in a new way. Since students didn't feel pressure to have their work look "perfect," it allowed for a safe and approachable environment. There were learning opportunities through- out the assignment and students were able to reflect on their own experi- ences. It was a great way to set a posi- tive tone for the year and a nice break from the syllabi they had to review in their other classes. Sarah Kitchen is a middle-school art teacher at Detroit Country Day Middle School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. skitchen@ dcds.edu N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Creating: Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work. W E B L I N K www.artsonia.com/schools/school. asp?id=140880 From left to right: Alyssa, grade eight. Krishna (grade eight) is almost finished with her abstract painting. Justine, grade eight. Mehmet (grade eight) creates a monochromatic piece using various shades of blue. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 39

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