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Re: [teacherartexchange] Observation in 3D!!


From: Sharon (sharon_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 06:31:33 PDT

Sounds like a great idea! Only thing I'd caution is avoiding any type
of candy with peanuts, due to potential allergies. :-)

On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 7:59 AM, <> wrote:
> Some really great ideas have been posted about teaching kids to draw from
> observation.
> 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
> early.
> 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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