SchoolArts Magazine

MAY 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 19 blanket, and back stitch—and prac- ticed these on scrap pieces of felt before applying their new skills to the creation of their plush toys. I encouraged them to add embel- lishments such as buttons or hand- stitched lines. When these were complete, students sewed the two halves together either face to face or with the designs on the outside, leav- ing a space through which to stuff the creature with cotton. The final step was to sew the last seam together. Reflections Self-reflections at the end of the activ- ity made it clear that students had a great time with this multifaceted proj - ect, which took just under a month to complete. Many students named their creatures and developed elaborate stories for them, which they illustrated in their sketches and painting. Although students generally needed significant one-on-one guidance to face the challenges of such a rapid introduction to so many concepts and skills, they still managed to produce some techni- cally sound pieces. Their imagina- tion and enthusiasm surprised and inspired me, proving that learn- ing formal properties and produc- tion techniques can be engaging and fun while assisting students with overcoming creative blocks. Shantelle Kotowich teaches at Dhirub- hai Ambani International School in Mumbai, India. Shantelle.Kotowich@ 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 Man tudents named their creatures and developed elaborate stories for them, which the llustrated in their sketches and painting. Rishi K., Monster (3D to ), grade eight. Rishi K., Monster (painting), grade eight.

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