<< My high school students have a bit of trouble with the
concept, and would it not baffle students who are not yet at the age of
abstract thought? I'm not an authority on early elem., and would be
interested to hear others' ideas.
Though I sure like the idea of kids being encouraged to scribble more!!!!
I did a "human figure" unit with 5th grade this year, and TRIED to get
"gesture" incorporated. These were plaster over wire sculptures. Found
myself up against a wall and demanding that no more "aliens" and
"decapitations" were to be created. This was HUMAN figure! That in itself
was challenging enough. Perhaps the elementary lesson should focus on simply
drawing with SHAPES and the process of breaking down objects (animals,
flowers, whatever) into those shapes...guess I am agreeing that elementary is
a bit too soon for Gesture. That is my ONE YEAR experience, or .02 worth! My
Kindergarteners are going to the art museum thismonth, and their focus will be
on animals. I will be working on drawing them with my class "templates" of
circles, squares, etc. traced and overlapped to create the shape of the
animal. These lessons result in some GREAT work, sometimes mechanical-looking
animals. Others may find that robots are fun, too.