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Re: [teacherartexchange] I'm getting by,....gesture


Date: Sat Oct 22 2005 - 08:53:11 PDT

Yes, I'm still so new at this that it's hard to have a clear plan that works.
 I'm trying to find it. I'm keeping two of the lessons from last 9 weeks
that went over really well with the kids. They were frustrated by perspective,
but once they got it, they were really excited about it. They also enjoyed
making mandalas with construction paper crayons on black paper. The rest of my
lessons need some tweaking. I don't have a lot of supplies. I have nothing
for ceramics, nothing for printmaking. I basically have crayons, colored
pencils, markers and watercolors. I wanted to do a unit on paper mache maskmaking,
but that means I'd have to buy paint, andI don't know where I would store the
masks! That's my other problem...I have absolutely no storage and no counter
space. It's a problem. I know that I need to get creative and find
solutions, but I've been so overwhelmed with just the little things, and that it's like
I haven't been able to think that far.

So far, I've had the kids do an icebreaker project which they enjoyed. Then
I had them do contour drawings for three days. On Thursday I did a quick
lesson on gesture and tied it into sketching. They drew quick gestures of student
models to loosen up, and then I had them sketch vases and flowers. I kept
reminding them to lightly sketch in the entire drawing before moving on to
details. For some of them, it was hard because they wanted to focus on just one
leaf. I explained that they need to get the whole composition down in order to
correct proportions before they can add details. Yesterday I taught them
about shading and had them create value strips. Then they created new sketches of
a mini still life on the center of the table. Then they began to put down
some values using hatching and cross hatching. I taught them a little bit about
composition and negative and positive space. I was going to move into color
next. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks a bunch!


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