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Hi...I was thinking as I read this, that you might be interested in what
"we" do. I do camouflage painting with my 7th graders using animals as the
theme. I also bring in Bev Doolittle's work which has some great
animals/indians/people hidden in her work. I went to Kinko's and had 11x17"
prints made from a book of her works. They are soooo marvelous. Kids do a
contour drawing of the basic animal shape including eyes, nose, mouth,
ears...just the basics. They go back into the drawing and break it up into
unrelated sections and put in patterns. The patterns must be the same
somewhere within the animal and somewhere outside the animal. When they
paint, there must be some use of the same color within and without. The
goal is to make it confusing to look at for a few seconds until the shape
of the animal "appears".
This year I'm also going to have my 8th graders working on self-portraits.
After finishing the portrait, they'll go back in and add one animal face on
the left side with the right eye of the animal using the portrait's left
eye and vice-versa with another animal face on the other side. There is a
wonderful Indian artist who does this but I can't remember the name at the
moment. I found a fabulous art print of her work this summer which gave me
the idea. She uses diff. animals within one Indian face. I also plan for
them to use perm. ink techniques and possibly watercolor washes afterwards.
We'll see. Toodles.....
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526