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[teacherartexchange] Important concepts to teach kids

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From: Deborah Kaye (kaye.deborah_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 19 2005 - 11:01:43 PDT


Hi Jennifer and all,

I just read Diane's post.... Yes! Look at the big ideas the art is
getting across to us....

This is what I wrote before I read Diane's message:

I think I would have the children look at how artists use line - and
how those types of line make the feel. Have them look at how artists
use color and how that makes them feel.

Start with your selection of images in your collection - ones that you
can get prints made.

Take The Scream for instance (I know this is not in your collection)
http://www.luc.edu/depts/history/dennis/Visual_Arts/10-Express_Munch_The-Scream.jpg

What kinds of lines do you see?

How do these lines make you feel?

Then they can come up with a statement that artists use wavy lines to
show movement and rhythm.... Wavy lines can give an eerie feeling.

What kind of colors do you see?

Artists use complimentary colors for contrast and emphasis.

Converging lines/perspective lines gives the illusion of space.
Change in scale gives the illusion of space (different sizes of figures)

Rarely does an artist just think of one element or one design
principle when creating art. An artist thinks about how these work
together.

You can pair up elements with principles.... wavy lines - with
repetition and movement. Color with contrast and emphasis - as well as
unity and variety.

If you are not an art specialist - look up the elements of art and
principles of design.

Once you have your images selected, you could share those with us and
we could help you brainstorm some important concepts to go with those
images.

Also look at how artists get ideas..... How artists use color and line
for emotion.... and so forth. Look also at meaning of art (here is
where the Big Ideas come in).

Remember, there can also be an element of play.

Deborah

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