Thanks, Judy and everyone who has contributed!
--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!
West Linn High School
West Linn, OR
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DATE: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 13:17:30 From: "Judy Decker" <JDecker@...> To: "art education" <email@example.com>,"ArtsEducators" <ArtsEducators@yahoogroups.com>,"World Art Teachers" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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:
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
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
Emerson Junior High School
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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