Collect their first drawing making sure they are signed and dated.
After that have them close their eyes and put their heads down. Then in the
middle of the table place several kinds of shoes from one's extensive
wardrobe. Have them really take time to study them., again, talk them
through it. Is the space between the toe and ankle a long space? Look at
the edges, or silhouettes of the shoe. Look carefully, study. Now, draw
this shoe. Compare.
From: Rosa Juliusdottir <rojul>
To: BluesTruth <BluesTruth>
Cc: artsednet.edu <artsednet.edu>
Date: Thursday, July 16, 1998 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: The First Day of School
>>Sorry to bring this up, but the first day of school is just around the
>>I always present the SAME drawing exercise on the first day of school,
>>would like to present something different to my students. I instruct
>>kids draw a person, a house and a tree. Boring, huh? What do you art
>>do for an AWESOME first day exercise to get the kids into art right
>>attitude, etc. I go over class rules, etc. too. What do you do? Thanks
>> Artfully, Bluestruth
>>P.S. For your info-I only have 35 minutes with the students-minority
>>inner city Chicago, Ill. -- Small, small budget. I need a Quickie!!
>I most of the time have my children begin the year with a selfportrait. The
>material depending on what age they are. All of them get a mirror and we
>talk about the shape of the face, where the eyes, nose etc. are located, I
>ask them to look closely at things like the shape of the eyes, colour etc.
>and all the details one never looks at. Before we start I also show them
>selfportraits by other artist, the choice of those again depends on the
>students age. The youngest ones usually use broad wax crayons, and then
>maybe felt tip markers or paints. The older ones make their first drawing
>with a pencil, then the next with black oil crayon, then felt tip(black),
>then black pen and finally charcoal, and each one is done on a different
>size paper. They always love this assignment. I then photocopy portraits of
>the whole class and make a book for each student. At the end of the year we
>often make another self portrait and it is fun to compaire them to the ones
>from the beginning of the year.
>Best regards from the far north, Rosa