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Trite symbolism

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Sun, 03 Oct 1999 17:16:43 -0500

Hi all,
I'm having a major brain block on how to get my 7th graders to come up
with more interesting ideas for our textile design lesson. They are to
design a symbol for a stamp that is used to create a border on a textile
piece. The problem is if I see another sports design for a stamp I think
I'll scream. I get more of those than hearts, ying yangs, and smiley
faces. Girls and boys both often chose a football, soccer ball, hockey
stick (you get the idea) for their design. We do preliminary work like
watch a short 15 min video on symbolism, brainstorm, see examples of
creative successful stamps ( by other 7th graders) , talk about
commercial symbols, and each do 3 sketches of different symbols.
If a kid is really set on one of those above mentioned trite ideas, I
don't tell them they can't do it at all, I just try to help them come up
with some possible ways to look at the design. If they are really
excited about the sports thing , I hate to dampen their spirit and
enthusiasm for the assignment. But alas, I feel they could do more. I
do realize that part of this has to do with the age group. but I'm
looking for ways to improve this design process. I'll take any ideas
you all have at there in cyber (art) space!


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