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Re: Perspective drawing in 7th/8th grade

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Sep 07 2002 - 18:24:09 PDT


I start teaching horizon line/vanishing point in grade 4. I did try the
flying boxes...but it didn't catch on! Also...our middle school teachers got
a little upset that some of us were teaching perspective in ele. I tried to
explain to them that in ele. is the only time we are guaranteed they will
actually get art. In our district, once they get to middle
school.....whether or not they get art actually depends on how "smart" they
art. The "smart kids have to take extra classes, so if they take band or
chorus, or home ec, they do not get art. Of course the students who are
having difficulties also have to take extra classes....go figure! So
probably 1/3 of our middle students are not getting art. Very bad!!! And
then again, they might get it one year...for one semester, and not the next
year....I am sure you all get the drift!!!

To go back where I started...the 4th graders love love love using horizon
line and vanishing point. As you all know..this is the age where they get
frustrated so easily because it doesn't look "real". This is a little trick
that helps them. I have a lot of success with it!

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