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Submitted by: Ned Fox, middle school art teacher,
Northwood Middle School at Spokane WA.
Lesson: Texture Scavenger Hunt
Grade Level: 7th & 8th grade
Great way to teach kids visual texture! Give the kids a list of things to make full page rubbings of. Items that make kids think: a lid of a can that has texture (this is a hard one) a radio, shoe bottom, tree, floor, etc...
I think that the more creative rubbings of items should get extra credit. Example - a rubbing of a cement floor is o.k. but what about a rubbing of a boat wood floor, etc...
Texture rubbing courtesy of "Octopus Love." Click on image for full size.
Now that the kids have 15 pages of rubbings, have them make a drawing and fill in with there rubbings (they cut them out and paste them in). This is a great way to get the kids working on texture, maybe even a collage. Give this a try lots of fun and creative thinking --Let me know how it works for you and any ideas you have.
NOTE: This lesson was submitted in the early days of IAD when teachers had no scanners or digital cameras to take pictures of student work. An image that would fit this lesson has been added on the right.
Submitted by Holly L., of Central Middle School in Sheridan, WY.
Grade Level: 6th - 7th grade
Lesson: Portraits to Picasso
We look into Roman portraiture and how the Romans drew the perfectly proportionate face all the time, regardless of who the person was and most of the portraits looked alike because of this.
A fun motivator for portraits is doing them on the white board with students doing the drawing. Most middle schoolers "know," or so they think they do, :) exactly where all of the features belong. Don't forget the "be nice to others" lecture. It is quite hysterical, since the eyes start on the forehead. We do a wacky face and then a proportionate face.
So, then we drew the perfect face using the guide on the white board and the guide I have created. The kids can put their choice of hair on.
We, then, look into the life of Picasso and cubism. We cut our face into 5-10 shapes and redesign our portraits. I usually tie in color and acrylic painting with this lesson but you could finish it however you like. Good luck and happy faces.
NOTE: This lesson was submitted in the early days of IAD when teachers had no scanners or digital cameras to take pictures of student work.