If my JH students have a buy-in with a project they work really hard and want to do well. If they don't, it is a struggle with most of them.
Because this is only my 2nd year teaching in this school, I am still building my program. I am definitely making up for the lack of skills my students have due to the 5 art teachers in 5 years previous to me. My mid-level students (5-12) seem to be lacking in the skills and confidence I'd hoped they would have, so we're working on it. Sometimes we have to go back to the basics...like way basic, but that's ok. Every year my plan is to do a portrait projects with as many grades as possible. This year, I decided to take on famous portraits with my JH students to practice before we get into self-portraits.
I had each student choose any person they wanted as long as they were famous. They were excited about this idea! To make it even better we explored the grid technique for drawing these portraits. For some of them, this was a new concept. For some it helped, others not so much. People are hard to draw! And I find it difficult to teach as well. I started by having them separately copy photos of eyes, noses, mouths that I found in magazines by focusing on shape and shading. This broke it down and helped them to focus on one thing at a time. I think this worked out ok, but by the time they got to these features on their portraits I think some of them completely forgot about these practices that we did. In the end, the best way I could come up with was to show them how I do would do it, so I did chose a famous person too. Perhaps there are some better ways to teach values/shading and portrait work.
I believe after the hard work we did on this project, I may wait to do self-portraits until next semester.
I pulled out my fancy tips/tricks for this project: the grid, blending stumps, and kneaded erasers...how cool! LOL!
|I believe this is "Triple H" - perhaps a UFC fighter or something...this goes beyond me|
|Arnold Schwarzenegger - or as this student said "He looks more like Johnny Cash"|