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Lesson Plans

Re: caracature

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Stenger - Judith DiSalvo (jstenger)
Mon, 5 Apr 1999 11:49:45 -0400 (EDT)

My middle schoolers love this assignment. I show a movie on cartooning
and have them do some of the exercises with the instructor. I also have
collected caricatures of familiar people from the newspaper and put them
on transparencies. I have to update these periodically or the kids don't
recognize them--who's Jimmy durante(?)
Anyway, I have a list of school staff who are willing victims. They
provide a photo or we use old yearbooks, and the kids do their
caricatures. We also find out what hobbies they have so we can put them
in a setting.
I've only had a handful--believe it or not--whose drawings were mean
spirited, and those never see the light of display. Most teachers have a
great sense of humor and a healthy enough ego to be flattered. And most
kids are surprisingly understanding about the few who wouldn't appreciate
being caricatured.
I've also heard, but not tried yet, of students building caricature
puppets of their school staff. And a few years ago,
School Arts or Arts and Activities ran an article about making full sized
figures, with teachers being cast in Pariscraft!
Have fun with your project. It's one the kids will remember.