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Lesson Plans

Re:filling in the white spots

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MaryAnn Kohl (maryann)
Thu, 24 Jun 99 16:40:03 -0700

>So after they learn letting paper show is a bad thing, how do you approach
>discussing works of art on paper - Japanese brushwork - woodcut - with lots
>of huge open spaces?
>Betty Bowen

Very good point, Betty. I was trying to figure out how to resond to the
"no white space" issue that just came up. So much of what we do with kids
relates to their ages and their stages of development. At any rate, I
think as an exercise or assignment, "no white space today" is
interesting, but should not be the "rule". Exactly for the reasons you
mention above. And it's very developmental for kids to put that strip of
sky across the top of the paper. For that particular situation, I taught
the kids (just as an assignment....not a rule) to try doing a sky
watercolor wash over the paper and let it dry, then draw their regular
stuff with this nice sky behind it. They liked it....and how if you look
at the sky, it touches the horizon, that type of thing. But those strips
of sky were so cute, and really only lasted until the end of second
grade, and then development took over. Rambling here....but let's not
make rules that although good for one thing may hold back another. Art
should open doors, not close them.

MaryAnn F. Kohl (WA)