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RE: Seconday School Visual Arts

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Fields, Linda (
Fri, 12 Feb 1999 09:01:05 -0500

My student teacher just did a similar thing using white plastic plates. We
gave the kids the 3 primaries and they had to mix the rest in order, thus
creating a color wheel palette. Then we gave them real fruits and
vegetables-up close and personal-to study. They did a painting exercise in
which we encouraged the use of complements for shading and helped them look
for subtleties of color. Next we are going to have them do the same thing by
using cross-hatching with colored pencils. We have also done the
impressionism thing and a unit on expressionism and its use of arbitrary
color. Linda in NC

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> From: Double Bubble[SMTP:doros]
> Sent: Friday, February 12, 1999 1:01 AM
> To: Bicyclken;
> Subject: Seconday School Visual Arts
> Now we're talking.  Good idea.  Maybe we can keep this going with some of
> the secondary school teachers.
> My origiinal message to the group was to locate other websites that have
> similar discussions as this one, only because I found the majority of
> responses were addressing elementary problems. Ken sugguested that a topic
> be started and hopefully secondary visual arts teachers will make some
> contribution to how they go about teaching the topic.
> The suggestion was colour theory and applied lesson procedures.
> I'll start with my intoduction level course ( grade 9).  I use a textbook
> called Arttalk by Rosalind Ragans with places emphasis on all the elements
> and principles of design.  Each unit in the course is introduced with
> reference to a chapter in the book ( in this case colour).  The book is
> great for establishing vocabulary and theory areas.  I have students start
> with some simple applications of primary colour mixing to get secondary
> colours.  This can be done in 1-2 classes.  A basic colour wheel model is
> used. This is expanded to the mixing of tertiary colours, with an expanded
> colour wheel.   Students are then asked to create their own colour
> wheels.  Not necessarily based on a radial design.  Any repeated pattern
> will work.  Take as an example Marcel Duchamps "Nude Descending a
> Staircase", where the application of primary, secondary and tertiary
> colours would be used.  Something more standard is the use of radial
> symmetry by having the students create an interesting design pattern that
> would be repeated into a radial design.  For this the addition of tints
> and shades would be encorporated.
> With these exercises established we work on warm and cool colours. I have
> them select a drawing from their daily sketchbooks to be used for this. 
> Students make two copies of their sketch and then using a  cool colour
> (plus black and white) for one and a warm (plus black and white) for
> another.  The results are rather interesting for students because many
> have never attempted two versions of the same drawing.  Mounting them side
> by side is also visuallly pleasing.
> From here we move on to a landscape painting based on the Impressionists
> model of painting by using colours adjacent to one another and the use of
> complimentaries.  Students are encouraged to mix many variations of colour
> and apply them to their paint boards in a Impressionistic style.
> I hope others can add their uses of colour approaches. What approaches are
> used at senior grade levels?