promptsHere's an inspiring (I think new) lesson. We're doing a unit on Japan this year. My third graders were inspired by the plasitic food displays in the windows of Japanese restaurants. These displays are so realistic that you can't believe the food isn't real. It takes them years of training to learn how to make this plastic food. I got some great images from Google of fake shrimp tempura, beef bowl and fried rice. There's a district in Japan devoted to this fake food.
Anyway, I gave them small paper plates to decorate and then passed out Model Magic (no kiln at my school). They created the most realistic version of their favorite foods. Next they will mix paint to create realistic colors. They get the primary colors and black and white. Then they will make a little display with a construction paper decorated placemat, napkin, cut out "silverware", etc. Some of the food they made included a slice of pizza with pepperoni, oreo cookies, sushi, tacos and hamburgers. All my other classes have been begging to do this.
Sky in NJ
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From: Patricia Knott
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 9:39 PM
I search and scour newspapers and magazines for words and phrases that inspire themes/ideas for my kids to visually respond to
this I got from Education World
> Go to
> http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/writing_bug/archives/index.shtml and
> find all kinds of idea of writing prompts. You will find things like:
> "A STRANGE THING - What if you woke up to discover that you had been turned
> into a *thing* for one day? What thing were you turned into? The thing must
> be an inanimate object -- something that does not move. Describe what your
> day was like as that thing."
I'm finding lots of ideas to add to my list of "prompts " for sketchbook ideas
I certainly appreciate ALL of the lesson ideas that come across this list
but I sometimes have a difficult time with lessons that have been around and come around
I think our job as models of artists is to find the ideas that have not been around