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Re: [teacherartexchange] Does anyone do a Deborah Butterfield Lesson?


From: chris massingill (chris_massingill_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Feb 27 2006 - 04:19:02 PST


I don't do a specific Deborah Butterfield lesson, but
I would like to. I do, however, use one of her
prints, the name has escaped me, but it is a metal
sculpture in primary colors and I can look up the name
later if you like, ( I just checked online and the one
I am talking about is called "Palma") and I use it to
talk to the kids about how to break things down into
shapes and get them to point out the simple geometric
shapes within the complex form of a horse. We
recently talked about this before starting a papier
mache animal project so that they could have an idea
of how to get started.

This is the first year for "real" art classes for my
students and they became confused during our talk when
I was talking about sculpture and holding up a two
dimensional print. They kept saying, "But it's flat!"

Hope this helps!

Chris Massingill
Central Arkansas

--- Judy Decker <> wrote:

> Greeetings Art Educators,
> I am working on a lesson page for Deborah
> Butterfield. Does anyone
> have a lesson they can share to add? What medium did
> you use? What age
> group? (Sue Stevens - was it you who did the stick
> horses?)
> How many of you introduce the work of Deborah
> Butterfield to your students?
> Lesson plan to come from me using wire and tooling
> foil.....another
> lesson idea using sticks (wire and hot glue) and
> corn husks. Another
> idea using found objects (from the in-organic to
> organic). I will
> write it up as making any animal.
> Please reply to me OFF LIST (judy.decker at
> Deborah Butterfield Resources:
> On Artcyclopedia
> Gallery listings:
> Catalog of her work:
> Lesson page with short bio from NTIEVA
> Modern/contemporary Art:
> What if you combined a lesson on Butterfield with
> the cardboard letter lesson?
> One of her horses looks like it is made from
> discarded letters
> (welded). Your animal could be made from materials
> you have on hand -
> cardboard, heavy wire.
> Maybe even make group sculptures - with each letter
> of the animal
> being used. After the temporary sculptures are
> displayed, the can be
> dismantled and the individual letters painted as you
> wish.
> There are more resources out there.... these should
> get you started.
> I am going to try to contact Butterfield for use of
> thumbnail images
> on this lesson page.
> Judy Decker
> Incredible Art Department
> Incredible Art Resources
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