I have a few suggestions for you to try, if you haven't already. Every
class is different of course. This is what I have learned from my grade
- keep the art assignments simple to do in one class, 1 hour, maybe in two
classes if you are lucky they will stick too a two class assignment.
- Grade 6s still like to color. Gear drawing and painting assignments to
this ability. I have success with this when I limit the color choice to 3.
Give color or line or texture choice purpose.
For instance, I work with Native kids (100%), I focused colors and content
on the first assignments on the medicine wheel and spirit keeper animals,
and took it abit further by introducing x-ray drawings/paintings by a
First Nation artist, Norval Morriseau. First, I introduced students to the
artist, explained and demonstrated x-ray drawings. Then I provided print
outs with outlines of the spirit keeper animals to each student. Students
then had to do their own thing. They were limited to using the medicine
wheel colors, 4 colors. Coloring, drawing, line, solid, gradations, were
all up to their imagination.
The next assignment was similar but introduced them to Joan Miro and his
simple abstractions. Using similar colors, as it happens. Students were
asked to make loop-de-loops on paper and trace the line with a heavier or
rougher line. Then color in solids using 4 colors. I talked about
balancing colors in the composition. Its working. Although this is a
longer assignment and I am loosing some student's attention. A few still
bring it out to work on as a filler. And, its interesting to see the line
work and color choices students make.
I am teaching gr.6 this year for the first time and so far it is going