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I went to a great session at our NCAEA convention last year where two
teachers from a high school discussed their projects with sign language
in art. I can't put my hands on their handouts- I think it's it school.
I borrowed their ideas to come up with a lesson with my 7th graders
which was very successful. I introduced sign language as a form of
communication- we had already discussed art as communication. We looked
at hand line drawings by Gauguin and Da Vinci. Students choose a word-
Love, Peace, their name, etc.- and drew 2-3 blind contour line drawings
of a hand signing the first letter of that word. Then, as students built
confidence, we drew the hand signing that letter in colored pencils-no
erasing- on a 4x6 piece of colored contruction paper. The drawing should
touch 3 edges of the paper. Then, students glued their drawing on 8x11
white paper. Students had to extend the drawing to the edge of this
paper using pattern, symbols, words related to their word. I'm not
explaining this clearly but the end products were unique to each student
but absolutely wonderful! Students also felt successful about drawing
hands- which is tough for middle schoolers.
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