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[teacherartexchange] need advice quick


From: Jean Womack (jeaneger_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon May 09 2005 - 06:06:23 PDT

For the age group you are talking about, I suggest having them draw a scale,
the kind of grocery store scale that has two sides. Then draw a great big
square on one side, sitting on the scale, and several small squares on the
other side. That's balance. Now you can distribute those squares on a
blank sheet of paper. Either re-draw them, or cut them out and paste them

You could do the same exercise with a large black circle and a small red
circle. Show how a small bright object can balance a larger darker object.

Then show how a newspaper page is designed and balanced, between text and

 If you had more time, I would say draw the balance scale on a piece of
paper and xerox it for them, as a starting point for their exercise.

Other possibilities: a felt board with geometric shapes of varied color and
size, which you can have them arrange in a balanced composition.

Jean Womack

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