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[teacherartexchange] help for monday interview on balance.


From: Randy Menninghaus (india99_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun May 08 2005 - 05:54:37 PDT

I like the ideas offered, Try to keep track of your time
this uses both images and definitions
Net search for as many strong examples of Balance symmetrical asymmetrical
as you can come up with.
Print out 12 copies of each in color or photocopy good images. Yes yes I
know it is a lot of work. Go to get a good work definition of
the two kinds of balance. Print out 12* copies of each. So you have a
visuals, content/vocabulary definitions. *Actually you only need enough for
each group, but if you don't know how many groupings... bring extra.
1.Go in. Ask if any one can start off a definition of balance? ( 1- 5
2.Validate responses positively. They will probably be partial ones.( 2-5
3.Explain you have some stuff that may clarify the Principle of Art
called: balance. Give out the definitions and images. Ask them at their
tables to look at the images, than the definitions, and see if they can put
them in two piles . ( 5-8 minutes)
4. When you have about 4 minutes left. (You need to try and keep track of
your 15 minutes) Ask each group to check back . Can you show an artwork
that shows good symmetrical balance? If there is chaos still and say " I
need your help, Everyone needs to here this, and it is too loud"

PS this is an excellent choice of lessons as the concept of balance is
complex. You may which to research further and choose formal balance and
informal balance instead. Formal balance is more something on left
something on right, heavier/large stuff to the bottom. Where informal
balance.things are not so obvious and things like negative space comes into
play. Japanese prints use such a different king of balance.

Randy in Maine

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