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Re: Lots of new images in our St. John's Lower School web gallery


Date: Fri Dec 26 2003 - 19:40:47 PST

We use a tiny amount of bleach in a flat bottomed tub in the center of
each table on a tray. Fans are on, windows are open. The tray and tub
are not to be moved. Kids dip a q-tip into the dilluted bleach (50/50
with water) and draw with it. This is a project I do at the beginning
of the year to get kids excited about drawing a variety of
lines....curvy, zigzag, straight, branching, broken, etc. and patterns
(ab, abc, abcba, and so on). Aboriginal inspiration would be great for
these. I leave it pretty open...portrait, imaginary or real animal,
architecture, transportation, plants, still life, etc. The point is to
get them to think about changing the direction of their lines, changing
the type of lines, etc. throughout the drawing. We do these drawings on
construction paper. I've never had any problem with this lesson in 6
years. Kids love it. Parents want details and many supervise this for
kids at home. After kids draw the bleach lines, we let them dry
overnight before we add the marker embellishment. I encourage kids to
use the pens on both sides of each line, and a variety of symmetrical
pattern is what I ask them to produce. Lots of imagination on this

Linda Woods