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Re: Insect artists

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 05:45:24 PST


Oh my goodness!!!! What a treasure trove of bugs we now have thanks to
all of you!!!! I have been harvesting websites for a powerpoint. I
just love the collective power of this group!!! Those black and white
graphic insects by William Rowe were really cool, and I've never seen
them before. What a cool lesson on bugs we will all have! Thanks to
everyone.

I remember seeing some student art in an Arts and Activities or School
Arts years ago that had giant wasps crawling on a closeup section of
newspaper. Very strange and memorable. I once had my students draw
something close up and enlarged in the sky with an aerial view of a city
below. They did superheroes, giant insects, flying pigs, dragons, etc.
I remember one with flying wasps that was particularly eerie. I have
also had kids make kaleidoscopic drawings using insects as the repeat in
each quadrant. They were beautiful. We used skinny black pen and
colored pencil with blending, highlighting and shading. We kept the
backgrounds white, I think, but no need to. I just wanted them to
develop the shading/highlighting to such a degree that I thought it
would take us way too long to color the backgrounds too, so I told them
to leave them white. With young kids, I have had them draw huge insects
on black paper and color with oil pastel for striking images. Once
again, thank you all for such great links.

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School

www.sjs.org
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.

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