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Re: Interactive ideas for elements and principles


Date: Fri Jul 16 2004 - 03:16:21 PDT

In a message dated 07/15/2004 11:32:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
1. Line - Divide students into groups of five , Give each
student one of the directions of line (horizontal, vertical,
ziz-zag, curved, and diagonal. Then each student plays out the
type of line as best as they can . Others then ask questions
about how they may feel. Such as, laying down on top of table
would represent a horizontal line- now what do you think that
student who is laying down is going to do -hello- close their
eyes and possible go to sleep -therefor feeling restful- am I on
the right track here.
In regard to the element of LINE: I actually do a version of what you suggest
with my kindergarteners. But, I also add SOUNDS. While they are
"demonstrating" the line, I ask them to make sounds that they think a straight line,
curvy line, zig-zag, spiral line would make, if lines could produce sound. So,
for example, a straight line might be a monotone hum, while a zig-zag might go
from high to low. This integrated approach is very interesting and engaging
and the kids really get involved with it! I have had the kids use whole body
movement or just whole arm movements to demonstrate the different lines with
sounds. After basic line lessons, I go right into teaching about Kandinsky. Or,
I have them combine the lines to make patterns, then connect that with
Susan on Long Island