Re: favorite texture projects?
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Thanks for the ideas. I really like the bird one! I would love to hear some of your old kids ideas as well. bergiemoore (at) yahoo.com
We are doing a ceramic lesson, but for "shape and form". I like the flow of the projects coming up. First we're doing lines, zentagnles and doodles ala Picasso, than we're doing a 3 session painting based on the style of Chagall (Marc Chagall's "I and the Village", 1911) who was really free and fancy lose with his orientations and lines. Then the kids will take a face, animal or human, from their paintings and turn it into a 3-d ceramic work. So we'll move from line to shape and form experienced both in 2-d and 3-d. For this reason, I wanted to keep the one ceramic project we'll do this year in the shape and form column.
Thanks for helping with the texture ideas. I'm open to hearing more :)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Julie Casebourn <juliecas@...> wrote:
> Hi Brandy,
> Â Â I'm not sure what grades you teach, but here are a few ideas for texture lessons, maybe you could adapt up or down for the age group.Â
> 1. Textures in clay is a favorite. Â
> We start with descriptive texture words to describe the clay as they are touching a lump of it and as they experiment with it we discuss how the texture changes as it dries out from all the touching: slimy, slippery, soft, wet etc... cracked, dry, dehydrated etc.
> I teach them how to make a sphere/ball and how to pat out a circular tile using the heel of their palm. Â With older students same deal + pvc pipe to roll out (used to compare rolling-out clay like how mom rolls out pie crust but that analogy doesn't work anymore with ready made pie crust.. hehehehe, kids don't have a clue how to made homemade pie crust it seems) Then I have a huge assortment of objects for them to roll, drag, push, press, stamp, hop etc... again more descriptive verbs. Â I allow about 10-15 minutes of experimentation reminding them to use both sides of their slab/tile. Â Many re-roll and make another slab and keep experimenting until I call time. Â I collect the clay and cover with wet cloth/old tshirts cut up and cover under plastic for other classes later in day or store the used clay in air tight plastic bags for another day. Â If you have a long period you can continue the lesson with part 2 or save for next period.
> Â Â Â part 2 Â Kids receive another fresh piece of clay ... repeat lesson up to the experiment part and give them a more direction. Â Radial patterns. Â By this time we have already discussed different kinds of patterns in the natural and constructed world so they should understand but we have a brief review and I show examples.
> They start in the center of their clay circular tile and press the centerpiece texture and then radiate out repeating a pattern of some sort. Â I remind them to visually plan ahead and consider the size of object being used and the amount of space they have to fill and to vary the size and type of textures to create more interest. Â Leaving negative/rest area space is encouraged. Â Â
> Â Â Â While they are working I lay a name tag on near their work and they simple lay it on top and store and then clean up.Â
> Â Â Â I fire them and then we glaze he following week. Â
> Â Â Â There are many variations on how to teach this lesson. Â You could do clay slab animals that have pronounced textured fur/hair/feathers and be more specific.. or use the above lesson as an introduction and then do something more sophisticated as a follow up lesson later. Â
> Â Â This post is getting long.........
> 2. Â I love corregated cardboard or that old crimped bulletin board stuff. Â Kids can cut into shapes, glue to cardboard and do crayon rubbings or prints with paint and brayers.
> 3. Â Lesson on paper texture: Â Gather as many things as you can that is papery and compare/contrast the texture of it.. again using descriptive words to describe how they feel or look how they feel: Kleenex, tissue paper, exotic handmade papers, paper towels of different sorts, different types of drawing papers, construction paper etc... and then make predictions on which ones would be good or bad for painting on, collaging with, the best for origami/folding etc... and why.. then experiment with papers and see if their predictions were correct. Â Â
> Â Â Part 2: Â As a follow up lesson we experiment with paper: cutting, folding, shredding by hand and with paper shredder, tearing along fold and without. Â Birds in nest lesson; Start with visuals maybe a video off of youtube showing how birds build their nests (weaver bird is excellent) use shredded paper to build a paper nest and glue to background surface. Â Make bird using other paper techniques you have practiced with kids. Â Write a story. Â
> 3. Â Handmade paper... very texture oriented
> I have many more texture lessons, but this is already too long. Â Texture is one of my favorite things to teach. Â If you would like more ideas Brandy, email me.
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> From: Brandy <bergiemoore@...>
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> Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:50 AM
> Subject: [art_education] favorite texture projects?
> I'm teaching the "Elements of Design" as next year's theme. I am good on everything but specifically texture projects. I have a drawing project as the only thing so far on the list, and need about 4 or 5 more projects. We did the tin foil over cardboard projects last year, so I don't want to repeat that, and we're doing zentangles as a line project in the beginning of the year and ceramics when we do shape and form. I'll be talking about all the elements as we go through most of the projects, so I find as I get to this one, it's just harder. Project suggestions would be greatly appreciated :)