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Re: [teacherartexchange] HS Digital photo curriculum.


From: Barbara Marder (marder621_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Sep 05 2010 - 16:23:13 PDT

Hi Jim,

I have urban kids and this has been a winner of a painting lesson-super-structured too.

I am teaching them about color and begin simply with the color wheel-in fact I have them fill out a photocopied template and have a large color wheel on my wall for reference.

Then on 12 x 18 90lb white paper I have them sketch with pencil lightly a snake, spiral or letters of their name stylistically.

with a ruler they add stripes to the shapes of the drawing. Then stripes in the background on a diagonal-in other words we have an interrupted stripe pattern

Lightly they pencil in roygbv in the background stripes and the shape stripes (I even play Greg Percy's Roy G Bv song they find it too corny-but it reinforces the lesson)

Then with tempera cakes that I put on a cheap large plastic tray they paint all the R's, then all the O's etc.

The results are startling.

I cannot add an attachment but if you email me at, I shall send you some finished examples.

Okay after this, I have them hooked-so I continue with color unit having them express an element (or two) in a painting (air eart fire water) then I proceed to landscape using whatever artist I am into-changes each year. Lat year I used Albert Bierstadt.

Before you know it everyone is painting!

Barbara from Boston photocopied template

On Sep 5, 2010, at 10:25 AM, Jim Chaput wrote:

> I have really enjoyed the discussion on the best tempera since I am doing
> my ordering this next week
> I am teaching 7th and 8th graders with 85 minute rotating block every
> other day. Does anyone have guidance of keeping kids with a 12-13- minute
> attention span on task for 85 min? I have tried 2-3 assignments per period
> with spotty results. I would like to go deeper into painting since they
> have very limited drawing painting skills since painting is my first love.
> We have been in school since mid August which is one of the reasons of my
> slow response on the Photography question
> Jim Chaput
> Jim Chaput writes:
>> am sorry this is so late. I am new to the list. I have been teachig
>> photo for a number of years. I was assigned to tale over the Middle
>> school 7th and 8th grade art classes. I have not taught art for over 20
>> years and that was high school. Things have been rocky but getting better.
>> Below is my complete curriculum, syllabus, scoring guidlines, etc. for
>> digital photo. I have assignment for PhotoShop, the internet, and the
>> camera. After I take the students through ALL of the camera controls and
>> how to use them , The first assignment is for the students to shoot a
>> picture each of the elements and principles. After that they get into
>> the action photo, composition and other standard assignments that have
>> been around since film days. After that I take the students into what i
>> called "Theme and Variation". This is a take off from baroque music.
>> The students shot a wide angle of a scene and then decide which art
>> element or principle they will focus on and take 10 close up shots of
>> that element in the scene. if you picked texture you would walk up to a
>> tree and take a picture of the bark, a brick wall to illustrate texture.
>> I hope that is somewhat clear. Let me know how deeply I have confused you
>> .
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