Magazine article School Arts

Overlapping Objectives

Magazine article School Arts

Overlapping Objectives

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Time allotment is critical when planning a structured curriculum. Best laid plans must often be set aside by unexpected surprises. The desire to cover specific materials, processes, and/or techniques often requires creative adaptation. Sometimes, we are fortunate and an unexpected disaster turns into a triumph.

Time is a difficult dimension to judge. An assignment given one week in a plan book may turn into a month's work load. When this happens, adjustments must be made for the balance of the year's activities. Elimination, overlapping or combining of events or activities will often solve the time crunch problem and may result in more successful outcomes. A recent time problem called for a change in my planning calendar. Not wanting to remove any concepts, I decided to combine several lessons that I had planned to present and develop individually into a single problem.

The concepts I wanted to cover included: shading through a tempera paint technique; perspective through overlapping of shapes, and; symmetrical and asymmetrical placement of shapes.

Preliminary exercises gave the students the opportunity to experiment with various processes and techniques. I requested that they combine all the concepts into one work of art, illustrating an understanding of each. Linear compositions were developed stressing an overlapping shape design. The students were to think of these linear shapes as being tubular, and they were also instructed to establish an imaginary light source creating shadows of the supposed three-dimensional shapes. …

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