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February 2018

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concept, I paired them up and we went outside to practice (the weather was gorgeous and I hoped the change of scenery would be inspiring). I instructed them to draw one another in caricature style and they had about twenty minutes to complete the drawing. Now they were familiar with the process and ready for the main challenge. The Main Event To motivate my students even more, I made this a bit competitive. I explained that they would be divided into six groups of four or five; each group named after a master artist. Each group that worked in a focused manner and exemplified good crafts - manship for the duration of the lesson earned points for their group and ulti - mately would be rewarded at the end of the lesson. In addition, one student from each group would have his or her art printed on a T-shirt. (I had pur - chased transfer paper for fabric and T-shirts to iron them on myself.) The artists that I chose were Sal- vador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Andy War- hol, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O'Keeffe, and René Magritte. Students ran - domly drew artist's names from a bowl to determine what group they would be in. Next, I showed a slideshow presentation of each art - ist to familiarize students with the selected artists. Artist Caricatures Now that all of the logistics were out of the way, I provided students with photocopied photographs of their artist and gave the go-ahead to start working. I asked them to create a cari - cature of their artist and include the artist's name and related ideas about the artist in their design. They drew in pencil first, and then had the option of using pens, markers, and colored pencil to complete their design. Let the Judging Begin After students had completed their caricatures, we critiqued and selected the winners. I called upon my colleagues to serve as judges because I thought it would be great to involve them in the process, and it would make it much easier for me. I gave the judges a sheet with the criteria of originality, craftsman - ship, prominence of artist name, and attention to detail. After the judging had taken place, the group winners I thought a lesson on proportions and exaggeration would be perfect for m ourth- and fifth-grade students. were awarded and the individual winners had the honor of being given a T-shirt with their "masterful caricature." This was equally reward - ing for me as I saw their faces beam with joy as they wore their art. Audrey Crosby is an art teacher at North Columbia Elementary School in Appling, Georgia. 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 SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 37 Mallory Ashma, grade five.

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