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Re: [teacherartexchange] Need advice quick


Date: Sun May 08 2005 - 05:18:10 PDT

In a message dated 05/07/2005 10:14:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

I interviewed for a high school art position on Friday and got a call to
come back on Monday to teach a 15 minute lesson on Balance I can teach any
aspect of the concept that I want. The class is a studio art class of 26 students
(all 9th graders), they already sit in a group setting at tables. I don't
know exactly what they will be looking for but I suppose the usual, control of
the class students engaged in the lesson........ but 15 minutes is not very
long. I have a few ideas but wanted to tap the great ideas generated from
this group.

Hi, Marsha,
Here's two ideas for lessons on balance that specifically pertain to art (in
painting or drawing) that can easily be taught in 15 min......I always like
to have a hands-on demo where the students AND the observers are involved in
doing the lesson.
Idea #1:
Give everyone white 6"x9" paper (small because of time restraints). Ask
your participants to divide the paper into at least 9 sections with a pencil,
using any kind of lines that intersect. Give out 3 colors (such as red,
yellow, and blue) of paint, chalk, or craypas/crayon. Demo filling in the sections
by discussing how the artist can make your eye DANCE ( and use that word-
the kids love it!) around the paper. Begin with red for example- and color an
area red. Ask the students in which areas they could also paint red, if they
wanted to make the eye move around painting. Pick three red areas and
continue the same approach using the other colors. The end result will be a
BALANCE of color.
Idea #2;
Show the visual Boogie Woogie Broadway by Mondrian. Mondrian was a master
at balance. Give out 6"x6" pieces of white paper, squares and rectangles of
construction paper in the primary colors(that you have prepared), and glue
sticks. Discuss how Mondrian makes your eye DANCE around his painting by the
way he places his colors. Ask the students to arrange in intersecting lines
the 3 colors of squares and rectangles so that your eye dances around the
composition. They can experiment arranging and rearranging until they achieve
the BALANCE of color- and then they can glue down.
Good luck- hope this helps!
Susan on Long Island

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