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Re: Great lesson using paper napkins (Susan)

From: Janjarreau
Date: Sun Aug 13 2000 - 10:41:17 PDT

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    Dear Susan,
        Thank you so much for this idea! I am behind on reading my messages. I
    love this napkin lesson and can also tie it into Warhol. Thanks.
    In a message dated 8/7/00 8:39:20 AM Central Daylight Time,
    ARTNSOUL12 writes:
    > To Janice who asked for "paper" lessons and anyone else who is looking for
    > a lesson that can be used for grades1-12 (believe it or not-it's that
    > versatile): Paper Napkin Designs- materials: inexpensive white napkins
    (the thinner,
    > the better) or white tissue paper cut into squares, markers in different
    > colors(they can't be dried up). Have students make a design on one side
    > the napkin. The idea is to press the marker gently so that it doesn't rip
    > the napkin and the design shows through to the other side. Flip the napkin
    > and go over any pattern that did not bleed through from the other side. I
    > think that a variety of colors and shapes works best. Students may start
    > one end or in the middle. You can discuss repetition of line, cool and
    > colors, opposite colors, etc., etc. or just the fun of doodling. When the
    > whole napkin is filled with color and the napkin is "dry",the students get
    a >
    > wonderful surprise! When they open the napkin, their design is repeated 4
    > times in each square, with design connected if they have worked to the
    > of the napkin. This is the time to discuss symmetry and mirror imagery.
    > Last year I used 6x6 white tissue paper pomps which I helped my 1st
    > fold into 4ths (good math integration). I mounted everyone's design
    together >
    > on a huge piece of bulletin board paper and we called it a "Tie-Dye Quilt"
    > as part of a school-wide unit on art of the 60's. If you can, mount the
    > designs
    > or put them through the laminating machine. I've done this lesson with
    > older students also, and they all love it! Susan on Long Island


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