Alice Ann and Sharon,
I have tried to do silhouettes integrated with classroom colonial studies and
found wonderful books on New England Colonial arts at the library. I made
slides of silhouette examples (sorry I don't have titles/will look up) and
then introduced Kara Walker as a contemporary exemplar of an artist using
silhouettes in a narrative way. If you are not familiar with her work you
could check it out online.
Walker won a Genius Grant a few years ago, exhibited a one woman show at
the Whitney, etc. She graduated from RISD and I have seen one of her murals
exhibited there. Did I say she did murals with paper and an exacto knife?
AMAZING, but very charged so I'm extremely careful what I show the children.
I never call up a website in class, but rather print out appropriate examples
or make slides. If you have any trouble researching her work let me know at
mail to:KLMVisArt and I'll try to mail you specific addresses
and snail mail you some Xeroxed copies if you are interested.
I do change the lesson according to my objectives. Some classes have
worked on murals in groups depicting historical events they have been
studying. Others have told a story individually (working on a smaller scale)
and then mounted the image on a larger paper to create a border that they can
write in. This brings in a text and image element that I enjoy.
Sharon, if you teach little ones try still life drawings in black and white
crayon on torn brown paper bag. Tear out a sheet then observe colonial
looking objects (pewter mugs, ink well and feather, candles, etc.) My
cooperating teacher did this one and everyone is thrilled with the results.
I mount the brown bag piece on black construction paper.
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