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Lesson Plans


Deciding to be an artist

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Litesal (litesal)
Sat, 26 Jun 1999 10:04:58 -0400


Dear Colleagues,

I, too, saw the "light" in fifth grade. Unfortunately, my awakening is tied
to a grade (which is why I don't like to grade products). I've always spent
my free time drawing, so consistently getting
S(satisfactory) 1's (S1) in art class was frustrating. I believe half the
reason I didn't earn outstandings was because I talked too much.
Anyway...we were making wire figural sculptures which we coated in newspaper
and plaster/gauze strips. They were action figures. I was trying to create
an affected pose of a dancer in a Broadway musical.
The figure was down on bended knee with outstretched arms. It was going
well until I realized the kneck was waaaaaay too long. To make a long story
a bit shorter....I creatively solved the problem by changing the figure to
one of those women, of the Karen Tribe in Thailand, who wear brass rings
around their necks to make them look longer, I had seen a picture in
National Geographic. The teacher loved it, and from that point on I earned
O1's, I was finally outstanding.

Sincerely, Leah