I started the unit by doing an oil pastel exploration with students, as I always feel an exploration with materials is necessary for students at the beginning of any unit. I could teach them techniques as they created a final drawing (and I do to some extent), but I feel the learning they gain from just exploring the materials is much richer, as well as more beneficial. I want students to focus on the process, not the end product, and I feel that doing an exploration also helps with that.
The exploration I did with students began with a class discussion in which they learned how oil pastels can be manipulated in a variety of ways (smudging, layering, mixing, scratching, etc.). Students were then given a square piece of white paper that they folded twice, so that the paper was left with four squares. Inside each square, students explored the techniques they learned about in the class discussion.
|"Self-Portrait with the Portrait of Doctor Farill, Frida Kahlo, from the website wikipaintings.org|
We then made a list of who our heroes were and students filled out a worksheet to describe/sketch their hero.
|Jason, 2-216, He chose me as his hero :)|
Work in progress:
|Jason, 2-216, "My hero is Ms. Westerberg because she teaches me art in class"|
|Dylan, 2-216, "My hero is David Wright from the Mets because he always hits home runs"|
|Raul, 2-216, "My hero is my Sister because she almost did a split in the blizzard"|
|Rosalia, 2-216, "My hero is my mother because she always helps me with my homework"|
|Stacey, 2-216, "My hero is my mom because I love her and if somebody robs me she will get them"|
|"My Hero is a Doctor", Nathaly, 2-225|
|"My Hero is a Doctor", Yujia, 2-225|
|"My Hero is a Firefighter", Francisco, 2-225|
|"My Hero is a Firefighter", Kimberly, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Brother", Helen, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Dad", Angel, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Dad", Nayeli, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Mom", Annaya, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Mom", Luis, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Mom", Sabrina, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Mom", Yahya, 2-225|
|"My Hero is my Sister", Yamilet, 2-225|