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January 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29 that they need not follow the rule of thirds. Students could draw any way they wanted as long as they met the following criteria: • Draw at least seven pipes; more is encouraged. • Vary the size of the pipes. • Overlap and show depth. • Use at least seven different textures that should be obvious to any obser ver. • Show a unique personal style and complexity. • Create a surreal environment. Space and Texture About halfway through the project, I encouraged students to cut out a piece of negative space in their drawings with a craft knife and add bright- colored paper, a piece of newspaper, a page from a magazine, or foil to the background, and then repeat the pro- cess in another area of the work. I also brought out some still- life objects that showed obvious textures for students to refer to as needed: a block of wood, a furry stuffed animal, a crushed soda can, and more. (Another way to add an element of surprise is to hand out cheap toys from the dollar store and suggest that students draw the toys coming out of the pipes.) Students took a five-minute walk- around critique to see all the unique ideas occurring around the room. Signature Styles I've had great success with this les- son in all levels, from Art 1 to AP. It works in any media and in black and white as well as color, but it's also a great way to include color theory. You could use complementary colors only, for example, or use it as a mixed- media lesson or end-of-year review. A lesson that began with observational drawing evolved into an original surreal dreamscape that encouraged expression of personal st le. Students enjoyed the freedom of creating their own worlds and they weren't overwhelmed by complexity because the pipes were quite simple when drawn one at a time. Pipe Dreams helped students explore the creation of their own signature styles. Trish Klenow has been teaching art for seventeen years and currently works as an art teacher at Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. trish@ 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 Top: Karla, Wack Pipes. Bottom: Brittany, Sunflower.

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