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  • Lynn Pass
    --Just a note to say that as a high school art teacher in the Portland, Oregon area I really appreciate all of the information on this website from all of you
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2003
      --Just a note to say that as a high school art teacher in the 
      Portland, Oregon area I really appreciate all of the information
      on this website from all of you who have contributed.  
      Judy, your work is phenomenal!  I am curious...is this a 
      VOLUNTEER position for you?!  If so, you are a saint!  I think
      this year I'll put in a word or two as well and not just have
      the benefit of reading about what everyone else is doing!
      Thanks, everyone!
      Lynn Pass
      Art Instructor
      West Linn High School
      West Linn, OR
      --------- Original Message ---------
      DATE: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 13:17:30
      From: "Judy Decker" <JDecker@...>
      To: "art education" <art_education@yahoogroups.com>,"ArtsEducators" <ArtsEducators@yahoogroups.com>,"World Art Teachers" <world_art_teachers@yahoogroups.com>
      Cc: <apeshet@...>

      Alix answered my question to the list - and I am thanking her "to the
      world". I have seen the J. G. Boggs segments - good to get the kids thinking
      on aesthetics issues. Alix's lesson below. She did this with Middle School -
      I have seen it with high school, too (similar lesson - but pre Alix)

      Here is the short of her project:

      (short) Hi,
      I taught shading/value with a project called "SuperBucks."  Using paper
      18" x 71/2 inches, the kids designed a piece of original currency.  They
      had to include blended shading (5-step), hatching, cross-hatching, scribble
      shading and pointillism.  There had to be a continuous border (I taught
      how to do 3-D ribbon borders), a motto, a portrait (here's where anime can
      be used) and a denomination.  This was all done in pencil

      Read the "long" and if you DO this lesson - be sure to share some images
      with us. (Alix's email adders apeshet@...  and computer Web site

      (long - a must read) Hi All,

      Since people seem interested in the pencil shading SuperBuck assignment,
      I'll elaborate on it a bit more.  This assignment was approximately two
      weeks long.

      I started the project by announcing that I was giving everyone $5. That
      caught their interest! I had enlarged (50%) and photocopied five dollar
      bills to give the students. Before anyone gasps at my counterfeiting
      attempts, I had contacted the secret service to ask about photocopying
      money.  Their guidelines are that the copy must be at least 50% larger or
      smaller, not done to appear real or be used as real currency.  At this
      point, since the new currency has come out, I suggest trying to find the
      older currency which is much more elaborate and interesting.  The $5 sample
      was so that students could closely observe the designs and shading.

      I offered extra credit to students who brought in foreign currency for us to
      look at.  I also had sheets of photocopies of foreign currency which I had
      laminated. These were passed around for inspiration.

      I had developed a shading worksheet which we started the first day. There
      are five different shading techniques on it and we did one each day.  When
      we did each example, I suggested that students pull out a dollar bill to
      observe the shading.  As a little teacher humor, I then instructed them to
      leave the money on the table as a 'tip for the teacher!"

      I also showed two PBS videos I had recorded while we worked; "Making a
      Dishonest Buck" and "The Money Man."   The Making a Dishonest Buck is on how
      the government spots counterfeit money and how the currency is changing.
      It's really interesting.

      The Money Man is about a performance artist named J.G. Boggs who draws
      perfect imitations of money, but only the front side.  He puts his
      fingerprint on the blank back side.  Then he goes out and 'spends' the
      money.  The performance piece is that he convinces people that real currency
      is a work of art and it has an intrinsic value beyond 'coin of the realm.'
      His knock-off currency is also art and has an intrinsic value.  He has
      managed to buy a motorcycle and other products this way.  He collects the
      change and the receipt from each transaction.  Art collectors then purchase
      these 'artifacts' of the performance and try to purchase the original 'J.G.
      Boggs' currency!  This whole 'performance' really twists the mind around
      issues of art, money, etc.  The kids had a great time discussing the video
      and the concepts!

      We also spent a period learning to draw 3- D ribbons ala Mark Kistler's
      imagination station.  Each student got a 18" long piece of cash register
      tape (I find it at garage sales and thrift stores). They 'arranged' it into
      swirls and shapes and then drew it.  This was a good introduction into the
      idea of perspective, foreshortening, etc. From that the students practiced
      drawing an undulating ribbon design on scratch paper.  I also drew a very
      large rectangle on the white board and 'started' the top line of a ribbon.
      Students volunteered to come up and finish parts of the ribbon.  They got
      terrific tickets (my version of Mona bucks) if they got it right.  They also
      got coaching from the other students.

      This was followed by a planning sheet where students did a rough draft of
      their 'currency' complete with ribbon, portrait, shading, etc.

      This probably took up the first week.  The second week we started on the
      18"x7 1/2" paper.  I cut down 18"x 24" paper for this.

      Now, after all of this description, I must confess that I don't have
      pictures of the SuperBucks. When I moved to being the Computer Science
      person, I gave away most of my 'hard copy' art examples to my student
      teacher.   I did get an article on this project published way back in the
      early  1990's in either School Arts or Arts and Activities, but I can't
      remember which at this moment.  If I get a chance to sort through the junk
      on my computer room shelves at home, I'll see if I can find the magazine

      Alix E. Peshette
      Technology Coordinator
      Emerson Junior High School
      Davis, CA

      Alix - Love this quote too! Thanks for including it. Now everyone got super
      quote too as a bonus. I didn't have tine to look one up today.

      "Every artist was first an amateur."
      --Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Judy Decker - Ohio
      Incredible Art Department

      P.S. Here is tip for all of you....Never complain to the list about posts
      being "long winded" -- These kind of posts carry the "meat" of the
      assignment. If anyone wants to complain about long winded posts - complain
      to me off list (Jdecker@...) . I love long winded posts and read all
      of them. None of you a "guilty" of this - this just happened on a new list I
      joined -- and yes, I was the long winded one (LOL) and only had recently
      started posting to that group..I am still posting to that group - but
      keeping it short and listing my email address if they want more. The got my
      short "About me" theme post - you will get my long one when I have time to
      get it done.

      P.P. S. I do have some world money links on my site -- maybe the World page?
      Smithsonian has a lesson/images etc too. If anyone wants to do this lesson -
      but you do not have time to look up web res ources let me know plenty in
      advance and I'll see what I can do. I'll be adding this to IAD in the
      future - but for now every one has it the easy way thanks to Alix.

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