I love this idea Carol....now I'll have hands on my brain for days.
Definitely hands in service....hands around the world.... Hands
gesturing/emotion (so expressive - see Rodin's work - although no naughty
gestures allowed - see also Leonardo's hands in all of his work).... Musical
hands....Artist's hands - Jeannie Sandoval's ceramic hands are a good
project for 8th grade - "Hand of an artist" (kids pick the artist they want
to honor and decorate their hand to pay tribute - Jeannie's student did
.You would want to hollow out the wrists a bit but the hand itself doesn't
need to be hollowed - just fire very slowly for the bisque. I saw some
awesome Mexican tin "shrine" hands over the summer...let me know if this
interests you and I will send you the link. I should be able to find it
again. I REALLY liked them...Could become some kind of self portrait for the
kids. I do have a page online for drawing hands...got some character
education in with it,too
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/hands.htm . DO check
out this image on Vivian Komando's site....it is something 8th grade kids
can do: http://members.cox.net/artzheart/mixedpics.html . Each could come up
with their own theme - or you could give them one such as World Peace - or
something like that.
Many of my 7th graders included their hand drawings in their Ohio Surrealism
projects - some were just so good they gave me "goose bumps" (Yes - they DID
have hands of God - but it was their idea. I didn't give it to them...One
even had "man" robbing the graves of the Native Americans - a big hand
coming down grabbing the skull from the ground - taking - not putting
back....I told you they were good - their ideas - not mine. Another had
"praying" - A big hand in the foreground holding a praying mantis -- HIS
idea - not mine).
I'd love to see you somehow combine hands with weaving...don't know why that
one sticks in my head right now.
Carol, let me know when you no longer need ideas.... I DO want one image of
each project to share on Incredible Art Department. Lesson plans will not be
necessary. Folks will get the ideas from your images. This is such a good
theme for 8th grade....People do need to appreciated what man creates, too -
the things we create with our hands. There are so many valuable lessons you
can get in the process.
Do let us know what a fantastic year you are having with 8th grader as a
result of this theme. Keep posting any time you need help.
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Subject: Re: Hands
> Dear Friends, I am thinking of doing a thematic year long curriculum with
my 8th grade. We are going to use "hands". I have thought of plaster,
prints, books.etc but would love to have the input from anyone not too busy
to give it some thought or if anyone has done hands. Carolyn and Bunki I
have your cds...love them and have done the ribbon hands and will include
them. thanks for all the help -Carol