Symbolic Self-Portraits in 3-D.
Self-portraiture is a vital component of any art curriculum. The challenge is to find new ways to introduce this age-old topic, especially for upper-grade elementary students. I wanted to begin with something personal and relevant to them but, at the same time, I wanted to include the language of art and introduce them to works by a professional artist.
In the 1970s, Frank Stella Noun 1. Frank Stella - United States minimalist painter (born in 1936)
Frank Philip Stella, Stella created three-dimensional reliefs filled with undulating shapes, swirling lines, and vivid colors "Vivid Colors" is the second single of Japanese band L'Arc-en-Ciel. Track listing
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chart . Often based on trips he had taken or books he had read, Stella's abstractions were his stories of his personal journeys.
I chose Frank Stella's three-dimensional abstracts because this body of work tells stories. We looked at and discussed several visuals of Stella's pieces, beginning with the lines, shapes, colors, and patterns. Then, I asked my students, "Do any of these lines or shapes remind you of anything from real life?"
As they studied the reliefs, familiar objects began to emerge. Students also discovered that it looked like these lines and shapes were sticking out Adj. 1. sticking out - extending out above or beyond a surface or boundary; "the jutting limb of a tree"; "massive projected buttresses"; "his protruding ribs"; "a pile of boards sticking over the end of his truck" from walls.
Using the Basics
I began with the basics: lines, shapes, and patterns. Each student was given a 6 x 9" (15 x 23 cm) piece of white construction paper and a pencil. Placing my paper on the board, I demonstrated how to divide the space of the paper by drawing lines that went from the left edge of the paper to the right edge, leaving enough space between the lines Between the lines can refer to:
Once the lines were drawn, I introduced symbolic shapes. Examples easily identified by my students, such as sports team logos and the Nike "swoosh swoosh
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1. To move with or make a rushing sound.
2. To flow or swirl copiously.
v.tr. " were used. Then, I had the students think about those things that symbolized them by asking them, "What is your favorite color?" "Do you play any sports ?" "What is your favorite team?" "Do you like to read?" and "Do you like music?" Using my lined paper, I filled the spaces between my lines with paint palettes, books, bare trees, ice hockey ice hockey: see hockey, ice.
Game played on an ice rink by two teams of six players on skates. The object is to drive a puck (a small, hard rubber disk) into the opponents' goal with a hockey stick, thus scoring one point. sticks, and Mickey Mouse Mickey Mouse
Famous character of Walt Disney's animated cartoons. He was introduced in Steamboat Willie (1928), the first animated cartoon with sound. Mickey was created by Disney, who also provided his high-pitched voice, and was usually drawn by the studio's head animator, . These are some of the shapes that symbolize me. Each line contained one shape and I repeated that shape over and over again to create pattern. I also explained that these patterns created a kind of self-portrait, since they reveal something about me. Then I defined self-portrait.
After discussing pattern, students were given time to draw their own symbolic self-portrait patterns.
The following forty-five minute class period was used for adding color with bold color markers. Because the idea of art class was new to my students, they chose their own color schemes, although color theory This article is about the musical alter ego of Brian Hazard; for the theory of color, see color theory
Color Theory is the musical alter ego of American singer-keyboardist-songwriter Brian Hazard. or the symbolic use of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
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Next, students set out to make their symbols three-dimensional. With a 6 x 9" (15 x 23 cm) piece of black construction paper for the base, scissors scissors
Cutting instrument or tool consisting of a pair of opposed metal blades that meet and cut when the handles at their ends are brought together. Modern scissors are of two types: the more usual pivoted blades have a rivet or screw connection between the cutting ends , bottles of white glue, and our symbolically patterned papers, students began to assemble their reliefs. They cut out the lines, put glue on the ends of the first strip, bent it into a curve, and placed both ends down on the base paper. They repeated this process with each strip, placing each so that it curved over the previous one.
The Results Are In
The resulting student works not only revealed the individuals who made them, but showcased the language of art the students had learned. Line, shape, pattern, symbol, self-portrait, and three-dimensional relief became part of the students' vocabulary. With this lesson, students felt a sense of pride because of their finished works. Even those students who had not drawn or colored very well on their original symbolic papers were surprised and happy with the final results!
Students select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
Kathy A. Miller-Hewes is an art teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School Ridgeview Elementary School is an elementary school in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The school is operated by School District 45 West Vancouver. The school opened in 1948. in Davenport, Florida.