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Lesson Plans

Re: HS kids/not taking art seriously

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Mon, 8 Nov 1999 09:31:38 EST

I read your E-Mail and just thought I would pass along an idea that was used
in several High Schools and was outstandingly successful! The Art Teachers
used Shrinky Dinks Shrinkable plastic. They had their students each select a
different piece of artwork from famous artists. (Colored pictures from Books
of famous artists.) Anyway, they were instructed to trace and color the
selected picture with colored pencils. This project was combined with the
study of various art styles (history) and discussed accordingly. When
pictures were completed, each one was Baked in a Toaster Oven for about a
minute. Artwork shrank and became 1/3rd its original size and 9 times
thicker...details became minature and colors intensified. Finished pieces
were then coated with a clear Acrylic and pin backings were applied. Each
pin was displayed with a card in front stating the famous artist. These were
also displayed in the School display case for a time. Students were
eventually allowed to keep. The neat thing was that the inter-change of
showing each other, the attention to detail when tracing, shading, etc...the
transformation of big to small really made an impression on those who created
the piece and everyone who saw the "before" and "after" shrinking!!! You can
get SD plastic on the website: The kind of plastic
that you was is their Item 100, Frosted Ruff N' Ready. They sell them in 8"
x 10" sheets. Just something to put into the "Thought Pot"... Shrinkingly
Yours, Betty (smile)

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