What you are looking for is a "Hook"; a theme or concept around which to
build an art lesson. I teach junior high school (ages 11-15). There are
certain themes that appeal to this age group: a sense of control, a sense
of the absurd, a sense of affiliation, and anything that boosts self-esteem.
Take their favorite video game heroes and build a lesson around that. They
will be hooked by a sense of affiliation. Super-size some ordinary but
desirable object (hamburgers and fries). That feeds the sense of absurd.
Consider designing paper currency with their portraits on them (good black
and white shading lesson.) This is the self-esteem angle.
Good luck with your group of kids.
-Alix E. Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
From: kavita ghai [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 7:08 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: is arts boring?
i have been questioning this to myself since last week when some students
said this to me,these are not junior students they are students of form 5
and 6,growing up teenagers who are just interested in either sprots or
computer games ,besides the academic study work they have to do.
we have compulsary art activities for them in school but this group of
students is highly disinterested,i am on a spree of looking for activities
that are of interest to them ,we have no restrictions to material and space
only what is required is building interest in these students especially the
in one of my talks with them one student said 'i don't like to make
things(as we have options of sculpture,carpentary,ceramics etc along with
becuase i have to think which is stressful"
can i get help in solving this laziness in the students.
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