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Lesson Plans

I want you to make a mess

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Wed, 01 May 1996 12:32:32 +1000

I did a class yesterday where i was surprised by the Year eights fear of making a mess on their cardboard.I wanted them to do a pre-drawing for a collage on the theme "the bush".This was my first time meeting these kids so i had no idea
where they were at.
I layed out ink for them ,brushes,pastels,wax crayons and pencils.The card was an A1 size.
They proceeded to do nothing,,a couple grabbed the pencils and did some marks
that one could hardly see. I was shocked .I had a half hour to get something
started so that next week and the following we could work and finish the collage I proceeded to make a mess with everything I laid out for them on a piece
of card ....surface ground ,quick sketches of trees ,mountains ....Using my handto smudge ,ink in the pastel etc....I don't think they have done this before
so i was surprised..Anyway they all did good completed drawings in the manner
that i demonstrated.But i really hoped they could have done this on their own
like my seven year-old and 4 year old would have done.So the point I'm trying
to make is this What happened between the ages of 4,5,6,7, to 13 to make this
doubt and lack of going for it attitude in the kids .I know lots don't like to
make a mess but the drawings were not a mess they were fine full of color and
life with lots of block areas to work on perspective in the collage project.It
was a daunting experience but we got there now i have to convince them that
what they did was fine ,excellent, was art in practice.I don't think they think that.

  • Maybe reply: Chris Merriam: "Re: I want you to make a mess"