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Lesson Plans

What is Balance?

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Wed, 21 Oct 1998 14:30:02 EDT

I love this idea of what is ugly! It reminds me of an excersize we did in a
college watercolor class. We had to create an unbalanced painting. It
sounded so simple at first, but we worked and worked and to our surprise it
took a very long time to figure out unbalanced because the harder we
concentrated on un-balancing, the more everything kept turning out BALANCED
for one reason or another! (On top of it we honed our painting skills.) The
hands-on discovery of these "reasons for balance" taught us more than any
lecture, definition, explanation or examples alone ever could. It was a real
clarifying experience. So when you don't think you are getting through to
kids teaching them what IS, try shifting your focus to what is not. They may
give you their immediate attention because this unorthodox approach is
considered cool.

In a message dated 10/20/98 11:38:49 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:
<< This year for my Art History course I tried an activity I learned on this
listserve from Nancy Walkup, called "The Ugly Object" contest. Following the
instructions in her post, I asked the students to bring in the ugliest object
they could find ("in a brown paper bag, so we don't have to be subjected to
its ugliness more than necessary!). The kids *loved* it! >>