K/8 UNIT: CIRCLES, SQUARES,and TRIANGLES

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Robert Beeching (robprod)
Wed, 27 Aug 1997 23:35:27 -0700

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RESPONSE TO TEACHER REQUESTS...

For those who have E-mailed ME for DTEK K/8 units;
they are posted HERE on the Artsednet page...
Look for Robert Beeching ATTACHMENTS.
IT'S EASIER AND FASTER THIS WAY!

HERE'S "CIRCLES, SQUARES, and TRIANGLES"

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FACT SHEET K/8

DTEK/VS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY VIDEO SERIES
ART PRODUCTION FORMAT

PROGRAM: 100-0400 EXTENSIONS
UNIT: 0414 CIRCLES. SQUARES, and TRIANGLES

GENERALIZATIONS:

As an extension of Basic Shapes of Industry, CIRCLES, SQUARES, and TRIANGLES present students with the challenge of creating these shapes for themselves. This is an excellent eye/hand coordination drill for all grade levels. As students begin to form these shapes, they also are learning something about placement and size relationships. Overlapping of shapes creates a compositional element of Mass and Line that is covered in Unit 0415ab.

TERMINOLOGY:

BASIC = simplest/beginning
SHAPE = appearance of an object
INDUSTRY = manufacturing/constructing
TRACK = keeping on a steady course
RHYTHM = a steady beat or action
FELT PEN = a felt-tipped marker
STOCK = the body of a pen, brush, or pencil
STATION = work area

MATERIALS:

18" x 12" (white) 80 lb. Sulfite Drawing Paper
Large tip felt pen (black-water soluble marker) e.g. Brand: Rembrandt
1/4" thick pad (old) newspapers stapled around edges!
(8) Color Oil Pastel set (stripped and broken in half) e.g. Brand: Sanford

NOTE: It is important for students to know that working on a 1/4" pad will not only produce a more even distribution of COLOR, but will make pens and markers travel easier on the sheet. Oil Pastels yield considerably more color and with less effort than do Wax Crayons. Discourage students from pressing hard on felt tip pens. There is no need; it only destroys the tip. Leaving CAPS off hastens the pen's demise.

PROCESS/SKILL DEVELOPMENT

EXERCISE: DRILL

* STANDING, holding the felt pen (middle of the stock) and using a whole-arm action, make a circle in the air in rhythm: 1,2,3 - 1,2,3 - 1,2,3. You see! You didn't fall through the air, and you didn't smash the felt tip of the pen!

* Repeat the exercise several times in the air loosening up arm muscles.

* Start making a circle in the air above the paper surface, and keep making a circle until the pen hits the paper surface, and continue on.

* It is important to work with the body over the paper surface. Leaning back or sitting down creates an imbalance, therefore, a loss of control. Get students used to the idea of standing at workstations for large compositions.

* Keeping on "track" is an important concept to learn. By creating a rhythm to full arm movements, students soon learn to relax and to produce shapes freely in one continuous action. Use a single sheet for each shape before attempting to combine shapes on a single sheet. Do not lift pen while creating a shape. Make a shape with a continuous action from beginning to end.

* Repeat the exercise drill with SQUARES and TRIANGLES

* How many sides does a square have? "4" COUNT: 1,2,3,4 - 1,2,3,4 - 1,2,3,4

* How many sides does a triangle have? "3" COUNT: 1,2,3 - 1,2,3 -1,2,3

* How many sides does a circle have? "NONE"; it is a continuous line! 1,2,3

* Make a combination of large, middle size, and small circles on one sheet.

* Overlap shapes filling an entire sheet. Try combining all shapes on a sheet.

NOTE: At all ages, students vary in their eye/hand coordination skills and require practice time. Doing an exercise once does little for developing control. Repeat exercises each week until students begin to show control. Save all exercises in student folders.
(See folder construction and storage bin) in the video clip. Exercises are used in contrast: DARK against LIGHT and MASS and LINE units.

PRE-CURSORS:
These units prepare students for Painting and Constructing as well as for the concepts taught in Plane Geometry. The ability to "feel" shape is an important concept to learn; "to draw" the same shape accurately, is an affirmation of knowledge.

REFERENCES:

Rickey, George, CONSTRUCTIVISM, Origins and Evolution, George Braziller
NY, 1967
WASSILY KANDINSKY, MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA) VIDEO COLLECTION
PAUL KLEE "
KASMIIRE MALCOVICH "

DTEK/VS VIDEO ART PRODUCTION UNITS:

VIDEO: 100-0413ab BASIC SHAPES OF INDUSTRY
CLIPS 0414 PRODUCING CIRCLES, SQUARES and TRIANGLES
0415 COMPOSITION: DARK against LIGHT
0416 MASS and LINE

FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS: E-mail robprod
Copyright 1997, Robert Beeching
ROBERT BEECHING PRODUCTIONS, POB 206, AHWAHNEE, CA 93601
209-683-8293
robprod

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