Well, to get groups to work better in the coorporate world, companies
send their people on trust building retreats. So why not take a few
clues from them, because while the corporate world certainly doesn't
have all the answers, those are really fun retreats that do show
My suggestion is to make a four part surrealistic drawing. Fold a
paper in four parts. Each person works a drawing at all times. The
first part is to make the head, that gets folded down with a just a
little indicator to show where the body would start. Then trade and
draw the body, legs, and feet, in that order trading each time. Each
time leaving a little indicator where the next body segment begins.
Have them trade them back and forth and then after everyone has drawn
the feet, they get to open them up and see them. Hopefully this will
show them that their partner has some good ideas and can be creative.
I tell them toilets make great bodies, octopuses make great legs and
teapots make great feet. Try to get them to really think out of the
box, Anything goes and the crazier it is the more fun it is to look at.
Another game to play in larger groups than 2, is the surrealistic
story telling. One person writes a line of a story. They pass it and
the person draws an illustration for that line. They then fold down
the paper to cover the written line and the third person has to write
a sentence describing what is happening. the fourth draws and
illustration to that and so on, until you run out of paper. I use
14x17 newsprint for this activity. It is great fun. I post my
favorite ones outside the classroom.
Another exercise is a couple of Cranium games; get them to have
one person to draw and their partner has to direct them to draw an
object by telling them directions, up down, diagonal right, left, etc.
They trade and see how hard it is. I find the tension to go down if
the director isn't looking at the person drawing, so I have them sit
next to each other, but one facing the opposite direction then the
table. This can get a little loud. It makes the weirdest drawings! A
second game is just sculpty charades. Straight forward like the game
All these exercises are meant to build trust.
I have some reservations about the idea of grading students on
getting along. Especially middle schoolers! I had a torturous three
year run. In fact it was so bad, it is one of the reasons I homeschool
my kids through middle school. My only consolation being was art
class- my haven from the continuous teasing and taunting I received.
I was good at it, and I didn't really care what happened as long I got
paper and art materials. I probably would have barely passed art had
attitude towards my peers been a primary grader. My attitude was
never bad or negative towards the art teacher of course, but I could
not get along with the girls. ( Just a bit of honesty, it had a whole
lot to do with my attitude towards the world and was probably 60% my
doing or influence.) But I sympathize with the desire to want to give
grades based on social compassion.
--- In art_education@ yahoogroups. com, "beyondskyline" So, I want them
to earn their grade based on how well they
> get along with others, in addition to the finished product. Any ideas?