Ah, a fresh, new semester with no mistakes in it. I'm looking forward to meeting my new students on Wednesday and I'm excited about what I have planned. I'm starting Art 2 off with a re-imagined unit I'll call "Artists Learn" where we'll be focusing on the figure and portraiture.
I did portraiture with Art 2 last year, and I was happy with the results, but the lesson was kind of..........boring. This year I want to examine the figure from a few different contexts and get out of the classroom. I'm inspired by Swoon's delicate figures and Tatyana Fazializadeh's campaign to end street harassment. Both artists use wheat paste to display their work publicly - how fun would that be?
We'll start by learning figure proportions, then work in groups to apply learning by making some Dan Botlek inspired figures to scamper around campus.
We'll practice drawing facial features, maybe make a portrait inspired by T.S. Abe. We'll finish the unit with an open-ended summative project where students will be asked to apply what they've learned about portraits and the figure. Lots of group work, increasing levels of choice, taking inspiration from current artists - these are my semester goals.
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I'm an high school art teacher who's really interested in student choice and creating opportunities for self expression. I'm also a writer for The Art of Education and co-author of The Open Art Room.