On 15-Sep-10, at 2:20 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> 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
> - 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
> on the first assignments on the medicine wheel and spirit keeper
> 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
> outs with outlines of the spirit keeper animals to each student.
> then had to do their own thing. They were limited to using the
> wheel colors, 4 colors. Coloring, drawing, line, solid, gradations,
> all up to their imagination.
> The next assignment was similar but introduced them to Joan Miro and
> simple abstractions. Using similar colors, as it happens. Students
> 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
> bring it out to work on as a filler. And, its interesting to see the
> work and color choices students make.
> I am teaching gr.6 this year for the first time and so far it is going
> really well.
> I hope this helps.
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