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I'm sending this to the gen. list with some project ideas. Bunki.....
No but it sounds great. I first went through the elements one at a time on
the overhead and they copied it...just like the book's version. We talked
about things you could draw with that particular element...like "round,
empty" could be a ring, watchband, cherrio, etc. When we finished the list,
I had them do a "follow the teacher" drawing. I drew a horse's head with
the 5 basic shapes...very simple and basic. I mentioned each element as we
"drew" it slowly. This could lead into your lesson great.
The next lesson I did was to take these basic shapes and make a
non-objective drawing in ink (9x12") dividing up the paper into many areas
(the largest has to be smaller than a fist) and then introduce visual
patterning....dots, hearts, squares, plaids, "make up your own", ribbons,
etc. and fill in the areas with pattern...still thinking "basic shapes in
the patterns". When this was finished, I had each student fill in a small
square of paper (2x2") with their favorite made-up pattern. I collected and
made a 12-18" chart with my favorites to use for the following year when
kids tell me..."I can't think of a pattern to use". It's a permanent
fixture in my room. I've got 3-4 of them now and it usually comes in handy
for alot of things.
>I have previously started each group with contour drawing,
>but this is a new tough group and I don't think they have the concentration
>for the contour.
I've personally found contour drawing interesting for the kids IF (in their
eyes) there's a purpose/project for it in sight. I'm getting ready to do
contour with my 7-8thers tomorrow. We'll be doing blind contour
hands...over and over (3-4) on the same sheet of white ditto paper 8.5x11".
We'll make viewfinders out of notecards about 2x2.5" and find four good
compositions within our "hands" drawing. Good time to really talk about
composition, rule of thirds, sym/asymmetry, etc. We'll trace them and cut
them out. Using darker color construction paper 9x12 (black, red, dk. blue,
purple), we'll pick our favorite composition and redraw it onto the paper
with pencil. We'll go around this with elmer's glue. Let it dry overnight.
Next day we'll ink over the glue with perm. gold, bronze, or silver pens.
When dry, we'll pastel over the rest of the paper. These turn out so
beautiful. Small, quick project that touches on so many levels.
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526