SchoolArts Magazine

January 2018

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while tracing it with their other hand. Students learned that they did not need to be directly under the tree to find its shadow. They walked around with their boards like they were trying to capture a fly, only to realize that the shadows were not moving and they paused to draw. Image Transfer Once students captured their images, we brought them back into the classroom. I demonstrated how they would need to take a black sheet of construction paper, place it underneath their line drawings, and then re-clip it to the cardboard. This flexible surface enabled stu - dents to push their pencils into t he drawing without poking a hole through it. Since the cardboard was soft, the pressure from draw- ing with the pencil debossed the b lack paper to capture the tracing. Students enjo ed being outside and seeing something that the alk b ver a n a new wa . Tree Puzzles Students removed the black paper from underneath and then cut along their debossed lines, creating a puzzle. I asked them to next put both puzzle pieces back together on top of their original drawings. Given a sheet of large white drawing paper that was twice the size of their original draw- ing, they put this larger paper under- neath the puzzle, sliding the black papers to one side. During this shuffling of paper, we discussed positive and negative shapes CONTINUED ON PAGE 42. Left to right: A student finds the perfect shadow; Connor, tree puzzle layout; Issa, positive-negative tree design, grade four. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35

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