Annotations and lessons on these pages by Tara Cady Sartorius, Program Director, Alabama Arts Alliance
FAUX-SAIC MOSAICS. These paper mosaic-like collages are a fantastic way to teach composition within some fairly strict parameters. Students were supposed to "set" their tiles in straight lines, and this process might have been counter-intuitive to the organic nature of the curved landscapes they were depicting.
In reflecting on this lesson, teacher Cathy Wooley states, 'This was a challenge for some of the fourth-grade artists. It was easier to curve the tiles along a path of the mountain shape but technically incorrect. I did draw some horizontal lines inside of their mountain shapes to keep them focused. When we imagined the fit of a puzzle, it seemed to improve their success."
The sky areas, which are painted with watercolor, have a much more spontaneous feel. The addition of salt to the wet blue paint adds a "starry" effect that Wooley says may be a distraction to the clean lines and subtle earth tones of the square tiles. Do you agree or disagree? Would you have your students finish their pieces differently?
This lesson is a great way to help students understand color, contrast, and shape, along with the added challenge of how to fit consistently-sized geometric shapes within an organic composition.
NATIONAL ART STANDARDS: Grade 4
Essential Questions: What role does persistence play in revising, refining, and developing work? How do artists grow and become accomplished in art forms?
CREATE: Document, describe, and represent regional constructed environments.
RESPOND: Compare responses to a work of art before and after working in similar media.
How to use the monthly A&A Art Print: Carefully unbend the staples at the center of the magazine, pull the print up and out of the magazine. Rebend staples to keep magazine intact. Laminate the pulled-out section and use it as a resource in your art room.--Editor
Caption: Paper mosaics by Cathy Wooley's fourth-grade students at Fort Island Primary School in Fairlawn, Ohio.
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|Title Annotation:||In the Studio: Create and Present|
|Author:||Sartorius, Tara Cady|
|Publication:||Arts & Activities|
|Date:||Feb 1, 2018|
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