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Lesson Plans

Using Reproductions

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Earl or Kay Alexander (donkay)
Sat, 20 Jul 1996 20:23:31 -0700

KAY Alexander wrote:
> Here's a use for large art reproductions that is interdisciplinary and
> also a good lead-in to using them for criticism activities. I call it
> "Students Have a Write to Art". The procedure is similar to "webbing",
> or "clustering", a method familiar to elementary/middleschool
> teachers. Demonstrate the procedure to the entire class by placing a
> selected artwork on the chalkboard and asking a student to give it a
> one-word or brief title; write it on the board. Ask another to
> elaborate that title with a further word or short phrase. As students
> volunteer more words, attach them to the key word, or, when they open
> a new idea, begin a new cluster. After half a dozen related clusters
> have been formed, ask a student to build a sentence using the words in
> one group, and then another and another, as in topic and support
> sentences in a paragraph. Encourage vivid adjectives and action verbs.
> As you can see, this process leads into descriptive and imaginative
> paragraphs that can become a story or a "composition about a
> composition".
> As students become familiar with this procedure they can build their
> own individual clusters from small reproductions, independently, or
> they can work in pairs or small groups, cooperatively. They can read
> their rough drafts to the class and then write them up in polished
> form to post next to their reproductions on the bulletin board. Some
> pictures that work especially well are paintings by Henri Rousseau,
> Marc Chagall, Jacob Lawrence,and Winslow Homer, but don't overlook
> works by lesser known artists in your collection.
> Incidentally, any lesson that invites students to talk about art is
> helpful with ESL kids as they apply the new vocabulary directly to the
> image being discussed.
> I'll be interested in seeing other responses to this issue,
> Nancy--glad you brought it up! Kay Alexander

  • Maybe reply: Layne Hedrick: "Re: Using Reproductions"