SchoolArts Magazine

MAY 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 17 M I D D L E S C H O O L P lanning engaging art lessons for young artists who have limited media skills can be challenging, especially when trying to encourage these stu - dents to take advanced art classes. As a new art teacher in unfamiliar surroundings, I care - fully considered this conundrum. The solution presented itself in the form of designing and fabricating imaginary creatures. Imaginary Creatures is an activity that exposes students to a variety of formal con- tent while using their natural playfulness and imagination to create a plush toy. The con - tent explored includes planning via research and sketching, painting techniques, color schemes, translation of a 2D subject into a 3D object, and sewing skills. Sketching a Creature I asked students to begin by creating a mini- mum of five sketches for possible imaginary creatures or "monsters." I encouraged them Shantelle Kotowich Yohan K., Dragon (painting), grade eight. Little MONSTERS

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