Hi Carolyn and Paige,
In addition to strategies for collecting ideas, I think you may need to
guide your students in the discovery of how artists in every culture/time
"transform" images that they use. For example.. what makes Roy
Lichtenstein's use of comics as a source for his art a "legitimate" art
idea? Or is it? I think you and your students would enjoy and learn from a
healthy debate on this issue.
Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
Art teacher, K-5, retired
> Paige - Sounds like a really neat assignment. I think those kids that use
> the cartoon images lack the confidence to create their own work. I'm sure
> this problem comes up in all of our classrooms from time to time!!
> I try to "nip this problem in the bud" by establishing criteria for good
> artwork during the first week of school. I spend 3 or 4 days teaching kids
> to come up with ideas for art". We use the thinking skill brainstorming.
> We do several games and exercises that encourage brainstorming. While
> brainstorming, you establish a list of ideas from which you choose your best.
> then set up criteria for selecting the best idea. Our list includes
> "creative, original, unique, and challenging". These works are posted in the
> room. I
> refer to them often when helping a child choose from several ideas.
> So when the copyrighted images come up or someone wants to slack with the
> easiest idea, we simply refer to the list of criteria. This helps them to
> decide for themselves whether the idea is appropriate. Hope this helps.
> Please share your lesson! Carolyn in VA Beach