I struggle here. I feel a great responsibility to teach kids about proportion, guidelines and human form to enhance their art knowledge- but with out a little song, dance show and a few clever "magic art tricks" the kids just seem to grumble about doing them. So...I have tried to make them easier than I have in the past.
This year, I found pre-cut head shapes (not too bad of a cheat, right?) They are neat because they allow you to staple them to a bulletin board (slightly folded) to pop out just a bit. They will also stand upright on a desk because of the back flaps (not visible in the photo). This makes them great for conferences or open house time.
Since the basic structure was set, we were able to dive right in with the concepts you all know: Guidelines always split a space in half, five eyes wide, pupils are a basic determination for mouth width, ...etc. We hit them all -mixing in quite a few jokes along the way. We even take time to turn off the lights to watch their neighbors pupils change when the lights come on- can you believe they don't realize that in 5th grade! Wow!
In the end, the kids all agreed that they did a great job and improved their knowledge greatly! These were simple and still hit all of the areas I like to cover. They just went a bit faster and did not drag the kids into boredom.
|It was then cut and glued on.|
|We traced the head on a separate|
sheet and designed the hair there.