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Re:Grade 9

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carla harwitt (charwitt.us)
Fri, 26 Sep 1997 03:44:34 -0700 (PDT)

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Sandra, Where do I sign up to take your course?!?
--Carla in LA

On Thu, 25 Sep 1997, Sandra Hildreth wrote:

> Peggy wrote:
>
> Have you noticed that grade 9 students are in a class by
> themselves, kind of here and kind of there? Got any really special
> projects
> to hook this age group into art? It's important because where I am, this
> is
> the year that they all get art classes, but after this they will choose
> art, or not. Thanks for any help. Peggy
>
> I spend a lot of time with my 9th graders (who basically all are there
> to meet a graduation requirement) teaching them techniques. It may sound
> really simple, but I teach them how to draw cubes, cylinders & spheres
> and how to shade so they look 3-dimensional. I go over how to draw
> 3-dimensional objects on a 2-dimensionl surface so they look like they
> exist in real space. I teach them how to color with crayons and colored
> pencils like young adults instead of like children; how to mix and do
> shading andblending with tempera paints. I teach them how to use light
> guidelines when they do lettering. I actually do guided practice
> activities where they follow me step by step in terms of doing these
> skills. Then I give them assignments in which they have a lot of freedom
> to choose what they do, but they have to demonstrate their understanding
> of specific skills. For example, after all the practice drawing &
> coloring 3-D forms, I ask them to design a book cover for a science
> fiction story. It can be anything they want to do, as long as it
> includes a cube, cylinder and sphere shape. You can image the neat
> robots and space ships my artistically talented kids come up with - but
> what is more important to me, is the cylinder form holding up a cube,
> which becomes a lunar outpost that the average, disinterested student is
> able to come up with and complete successfully. So I mix creative
> projects in with instructional projects. My students feel better about
> their work because I have given them the power (skills lessons) to make
> their assignments look better. I have less discipline problems and I
> think I get better effort out of them. I think I will try an idea from
> someone elses' post as well - to teach them how to participate in a
> critique by trying it first with something they are familiar with -
> like posters or clothing or CD covers. I love to see unqiue, creative,
> artistic accomplishment, but I also strongly believe that all children
> deserve instruction in art too. By 9th grade many feel so inadequate in
> art they are convinced they have no abilities. I find they still may not
> be able to draw very well, or even come up with creative ideas - but
> when their projects look decent because of successful shading or
> coloring - they feel more successful.
> --
> Sandra Hildreth
> C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
> http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm
> Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
> Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617
>
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