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Lesson Plans

Re: Sttudents' Problem

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Tue, 3 Jun 1997 11:25:20 -0700 (PDT)

I teach K-8 art in Tucson. I had an wonderful school wide Surrealist unit this year. It correlated with a play that I brought to the school about Rene Magritte. Last year, I covered Surrealism with only a few grades, and I found that often the students were stumped without a focus or main idea for their art work. So this year, I had each student pull the name of an object out of a hat. The object that they pulled had to be incorporated into their piece as the main focus. This not only added to the excitement about the unit, but also gave the students a focus. Along with the history of Surrealism, we discussed the "tricks" that Surrealist artists used, such as dislocation, levitation, transformation, scale change, etc. Every student was required to use dislocation, and could use other tricks if they chose. I had a box of all of the objects so that if students wanted to they could hold the object to motivate their thinking. We did some practice brainstorming as a group too, just to get their abstract thoughts
flowing. Before long, I had a classroom of excited abstact thinkers. If I said to them, " If I wanted to incorporate a straw hat into my surrealistic painting, what could I do," I would have almost every students hand up with a creative and abstract idea. I found that reminding them to think in opposites helped if they were struggling too. Well, I hope I was of service to you. I was just so impressed with the creative outcome of my students work with this approach. Best of Luck! Dawn Malosh