A Middle School Art Project:
By the end of this class students will acquire greater awareness of their community and improve their drawing and painting skills.
During class, students will imagine their journey to and from school. The instructor begins the discussion with a talk about his/her own journey to and from school.
Students will then share their stories with the class.
Preparation and Materials:
The instructor has gone down to the cafeteria and collected some of the piled up cardboard boxes.
The instructor cuts up 30 or so pieces approx. 16” X 20” in size. (Note: You will want to have extra cardboard. Students might want to start over. You can suggest using the backside. If not, another one is available.)
The instructor also has plenty of white paint for the students to begin and different size brushes.
The instructor has asked the students to put their home in one corner and the school in the opposite corner. (Students who live near the school might put their school on the same side of the board. This can still work)
Using just the white paint, students then map out their journey to and from school.
The instructor also introduces the idea that the picture could look like a game board showing the path/steps that you would take to and from.
The artwork is filled with information and has an overall quality of abstraction.
Note: White paint should be used for the entire class time and allowed to dry. Then, at the next class, students can begin adding color over the white making the colors more brilliant. The paint color that is used in areas that do not have the white ground can take on a less brilliant quality adding a variety of tonal and chromatic interest to the artwork.
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