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Lesson Plans


THE CORE OF ART?

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Robert Beeching (robprod)
Mon, 19 Jan 1998 20:51:04 -0800


Melissa Chaney wrote:

"Does anyone have any ideas on ways to teach "principles and elements"
of art to
7th graders."
------------------------rb

The "principles and elements" of any core subject are usually taught by
problem-
solving. In other words, "testing premises."

EXAMPLE:

COLOR can be introduced by students mixing and testing color attributes.

QUESTION: What color would you use to shade the dark side of a lemon?

ANSWER: It's "complement."

The dynamics of the "principles and elements" must be tested, i.e
continuous line;
light and shade; texture, and composition. Each element is introduced as
a discrete
problem, i.e. draft a simple "space division", i.e. Mondrian. Let's use
warm colors
for this exercise, i.e. YELLOW, ORANGE, and RED, and place
a DARK COLOR AGAINST A LIGHT COLOR.

Can we do the same with COOL COLORS?: GREEN, BLUE, and VIOLET.

What we find here is that the student is testing his/her knowledge of
the
basic uses of COLOR in a composition. After these preliminary
exercises,
the student can then apply the "P and Es" to drawings, paintings and
construction
assignments. TEST! THEN APPLY!

SEE: <http://members.tripod.com/~robprod/index.html>

Gary Bogus wrote:

..."kids work on large paper with crayons taking up to two months on one
picture."

---------------------------------------------rb

This would be like working on the same math problem for two months; I
would go
crazy! The problem, is a lack of a sequence ordering of events. Teaching
art is
no different from that of teaching, reading, writing, and arithmetic; we
exercise in
short succinct modules; progression seems to be missing here?

ON MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES:

Use oil pastels instead of hard wax crayons which tend to have more wax
than
color.

OIL PASTELS DELIVER MORE COLOR AND ARE EASIER
ON THE FINGERS.

Large paper requires large "actions." The smaller the child, the larger
the
vehicle, i.e. felt pen, pastel or brush. A #12 watercolor round brush
is a universal size to consider. Throw away those "eye lash-sized
brushes found
in WC pans. They tend to encourage endless scrubbing!

Stand up over your work and use full body and arm movements in "rhythm."
When
one is sitting down and one's hand is glued to the desk, little
continuous movement can
occur! These "start-and-stop" lines destroy continuity!

SEE: <htt://members.tripod.com/~robprod/index.html>

GOOD LUCK!

------------------------rb

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MZ