Wow those were terrific ideas, Susan! But if there is anyway you want
the students at that age level to understand balance in their daily
lives and you want kids excited about balance spend a minute using DDR
as part of the ideas that Susan sent.... parallel this with the idea of
dance and the balance
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Sun, 8 May 2005 08:18:10 EDT
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Need advice quick
In a message dated 05/07/2005 10:14:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
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.
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.
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.
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.