Last year I taught in an integrated studies program. One of the science and
art projects I did at the very beginning of the year was a lesson on
STRUCTURAL LINE. This was followed by close observational paintings like
Georgia O'Keefe and then making hand made papers from native California
We talked about the structure of things. How are things were held together.
What holds the plant together or a body? Then I moved into what holds a
I didn't feel the need to have the paintings be specifically science. I
like the quality that expressive art has to share with teenagers.
It was a great assignment. The art work that came out of that was the best!
We did very large paintings of faces using 18 x 24 inch paper. You could
certainly do something like that with forest,environment or stream concept
for the jumping off point.
Try grouping the kids together and have them write stuff on large butcher
paper. Have them teach part of the class to each other. They like that a
lot. Even though they sometimes pretend not to like it.
San Leandro High School
San Leandro, CA