Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul
One of the most successful portrait lessons that I've taught on the secondary level uses the grid technique. Using the grid technique to teach drawing can really be effective in building students confidence in the art room. For this lesson, the students used magazine ads to create the drawings; they also used oil pastels to color the portraits. (Because it takes a good amount of time and focus to complete this project, this lesson really helps in managing an art class.)
This particular grid portrait is inspired by the work of Chuck Close. Chuck Close is a famous artist who is known for his beautiful portraits and inspiring story. To learn more about the grid technique and Chuck Close, click on the links below.
This week we wanted to share a creative bulletin board idea using one of our art resources. Using the 4 Basic Pencil Shading Techniques poster, you can create an outstanding display in 5 easy steps:
1. Choose a bright background paper to cause the resource to standout.
2. Use a border that will compliment the resource. We created the one used in the picture above.
3. Create a fun sign to place at the top.
4. Select interesting examples of pencil drawings using various shading techniques.
5. Mount each sheet on black construction paper.
Send us examples of how you use this poster in your classroom and we'll post them on our website.
Many years ago, I taught art at an elementary school which served 800 students in grades K-5. The students were talented and enthusiastic about art. One of the extra-curricular art programs that I set up was called the Graphic Arts workshop. During one prep hour each week, I allowed 3-5 students to come and work in the art studio on graphic arts projects. I allowed teachers to select talented art students in grades 3-5 to work on posters, fliers, banners, and programs for school related activities. Some students created items on the computer while others created banners. In the picture below, a student is working on a D.A.R.E. display for an awards program. For the last several posts we have shared ideas about how to create great extra-curricular art programs. A Graphic Arts workshop is a great idea that can be used on any grade level.
Alicia L. McDaniel
Alicia L. McDaniel is the author and creator of Great Art Lessons for the Creative Soul. She is also an educator, professional artist, and lover of the arts.
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