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Lesson Plans

Re: Trite symbolism

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Sun, 03 Oct 1999 20:17:45 -0400

gregjuli wrote:
> 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!
> MaryB

How about a logo of their initials.