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Re: strips of sky

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Melissa Enderle (Melissaenderle)
Mon, 10 Mar 97 20:43:44 -0000

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> what do most art educators do regarding young students who
>paint or color the famous blue strip of sky across the top of their paper? Do
>you smile and say "How beautiful!" or do you attempt to "teach" them that the
>sky actually appears to go all the way down and touch the ground?! At what
>age do students discover this for themselves? Most of my fifth graders tend
>to do the strip sky thing...

At about third grade I begin introducing landscape art. With the aid of
reproductions and visual observation (both out the windows and in the
classroom) the concepts of space and depth are introduced. We talk about
the foreground, middleground and background. Size and amount of detail
in relative spaces are discussed. Drawings consist of objects and the
environment, with some object in each spacial area. For kids who don't
quite grasp the sky-ground concept, consider a sunset. The sun is in the
sky and disappears from our view as it falls behind the distant hills,
etc. The next challenge is to get kids to apply this sky concept in ALL
of their drawings, not just the ones which directly teach it.

Melissa Enderle

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