SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 21 students were eager to put our col- lection to use. To add a twist to the lesson, students were not allowed to use scissors to cut their paper. Instead, they learned, practiced, and applied the technique of con - trolled tearing. Though challenging, this activity helped to develop and improve fine motor skills. Starting with Drawing After I reviewed with students how to break down a few everyday objects into simple shapes, they cre - ated their own sketches of objects of their choice in their sketchbooks. For differentiation, I encouraged stu - dents to select objects that matched their ability levels. One sketch was selected for the final artwork and redrawn onto 9 x 12" (23 x 30 cm) white drawing paper. Students then colored their sketches using colored pencils; this helped in finding the desired color value. Moving Toward Collage I demonstrated how to find a tint or shade of a desired color in a maga - zine and then removed the needed pieces using controlled tearing. I explained that the fingers needed to touch while tearing. I reminded students to add interest and a 3D appearance by finding different tints and shades. Finally, I told them to wait until they arranged all their pieces of paper before gluing them down. (You might want to give each student an envelope in which they can store their pieces until they are ready to glue.) Adding a Background Once the primary objects in the col- lages were complete, students added visual texture using small pieces of text torn from magazines. By using this approach, visual texture was added without diverting attention from the focus of the collage. The Even though the subject matter used in pop art was ever da imager simpl depicted, each artist rendered their subjects in wa s that were unique. final step was to apply a protective coat of a water-based sealant to the collage. Diane Hoff is an art teacher at Quinn Middle School in Hudson, Massachusetts. 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 Previous page, top: Lily Roughan, Luck of the Irish; bottom: Emily Georgiev, Ice Cream Sundae. Above: Keegan Cabral, The Cherr .

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