While I'm waiting to hear what will happen with my classes (meeting this
Friday), I'm trying to figure out the next step for my students. So far, they
have taken a pretest, discussed their ideas about art, what it is, and how they
feel about their current skills. They have learned the elements and principles
and have used them when discussing pieces of art. They have drawn a
preliminary self-portrait to be put away until the end of the year.
I was going to go right into Art criticism, but now I'm rethinking things. I
think that the kids are getting tired of taking notes and want to create
something. I also think that they need a real project, something with guidelines,
but something that they can get creative with. So, I was thinking of having
them do a project with the elements and principles because we just learned
them and I found out about an art contest with a focus on the E's & P's. I've
done a little looking...and actually prepared a project for tomorrow...where
they will create designs on squares and then choose eight designs that best
represent the principles. I'm wondering if it will be too boring.
Do you guys have any ideas on something that takes very little supplies,
little technique, but will give good results and prove interesting for the kids?
After this, I'm thinking of having them practice contour drawings of their
hands and classmates, then maybe moving into value and observational drawings.
Right now, we have a little white paper, some markers, some colored pencils and
crayons. Some of the kids have brought in their drawing pencils.