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Best practice- an idea - K and hs painting


Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 16:01:31 PDT

    You've got a great idea. See my post about kindergarten art. I've been
teaching for eight years and my thoughts are compiled in my writing about
    I've considered switiching to teaching painting in the high school
because I've been painting oils and acrylics since I was five years old.
    Here's my thoughts about teaching painting in the hs. If you disagree or
if there are any others that disagree, please write back:
    Basic lessons include mixing secondary and tertiary colors, stretching a
canvas and cleaning brushes.
    Basic lessons also include painting a painting totally in basic shades of
    Basic lesssons also include painting a painting totally in monochrome
using only one color teaching them the difference between zinc white and
titanium white and lamp black and another black. (Zinc and Lamp Black are
warmer than the others.) (Zinc white is also better to use on a flesh tone
for a portrait as is French Ultramarine blue rather that cold Prussian Blue.)
    Basic lessons should also include turning a famous painting around upside
down and making something else out of this. A good composition will be good
whether its upside down or right side up. This inspires their creativity.
    Basic lessons should also include investigating a famous artist (list
should be included) and painting a copy such as a Matisse window view or a
Picasso Still Life or a Renoir or Van Gogh portrait. Much can be learned from
composition and mixing colors from this.
    Please tell me if I'm wrong, but this is my dream to teach painting and
be happy.