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[teacherartexchange] Observation in 3D!!


Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 04:59:41 PDT

Some really great ideas have been posted about teaching kids to draw from
     For a quick, one day, clay observation lesson for my middle schoolers,
I place a large Snickers bar, with a bite taken out (by me!!), on a banding
wheel in the middle of each table. The kids are given a small piece of clay
and a few modeling tools. They are challenged to mold, model, and form the
clay to look as much like the Snickers bar as possible. As they work, I point
out and ask questions to encourage them to observe even more closely.
Sometimes, an unbiased judge will select 5 or 6 of the best bars to be treated to a
Snickers bar. There are bite size bars for the rest. Sometimes I use this
as an introductory lesson or at the end for kids who finish a clay project
Unfortunately, offering rewards for the best really motivates middle
schoolers. I'm not sure if it is a good idea, but it works. At least all kids who
tried were rewarded in some way.

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