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Lesson Plans

Morph Drawing

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Glen Williams (gw1944)
Mon, 24 Mar 1997 10:07:24 -0600

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Fellow Teachers:
In a never ending struggle to stimulate students to draw I
developed the following project. I ransacked a couple of car engines and
came up with , distributor caps, spark
plugs, carburetors, anything reasonably small and having sculptural
detail. The students were asked to do a rendering- a little smaller than
life size(changing scale as often as possible seems important to me). Upon
completion of this ( the girls really got into it too) , I raided a number
of small house plants from where ever I could. The students then picked
their plants and set about rendering them. The emphasis on this part of the
lesson was to observe the differences between organic and inorganic line
and structure. When the 2 drawings were completed the students were then
asked to take them home and make 4 to 6 drawings which morphed the items
into one another. A progression if you will. The emphasis this time was to
spot the hidden similarities in the drawings of the 2 objects and to find
both logical and creative ways to change them into one another. I
stressed also that the transformation did not have to always depend on
visual similarities but could be founded in word play associations,
conceptual convergencies, or in intuitive leaps. Until the final take home
project the students were not aware that the 2 projects were going to be
used together. I found it advantageous to teach to the following concepts:
organic / inorganic , play, and visualization. I found that my students
really liked the project and the it freed them to be more playful in
their drawings

Glen Williams Grades 9-12

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