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Re: Middle School Sketchbooks

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JUDIEJ48
Mon, 1 Sep 1997 18:20:17 -0400 (EDT)

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Mark, I teach art on the high school level, but I think this would work with
the middle school age also. I give assignments, that I go over in class and
actually start them in class if it is complicated. I usually try to choose
assignments that can then be taken into a studio project the following week.
(i.e. Set up and sketch a still life from your bedroom, kitchen, etc. Be
sure to pay attention to the light and shadows and try to draw using correct
proportion.) The idea being to try to get the students to draw more from
observation and look for value changes, positive and negative shapes.

Sketchbooks are checked every Monday, and at the end of the month, a
Sketchbook grade is entered in their records. If there were only three
Mondays, each one counted 33.3%, four Mondays, 25%, etc.) I haven't
encountered extra work yet, but I suppose I wouldn't be opposed to extra
credit if the work warrants it.

Good luck and keep me posted. I plan to make sketchbooks an important part
of my program this year.

Judie J
Atlanta


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