by TeacherLem Iglesias
Project Title: ‘How to Design a Superhero’
Prerequisite Knowledge / Skills:
- Artist Inspiration
- Gathering of Resources
- Mind Mapping
- Creating Thumbnails
- Colouring in Tonal Gradation
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4th Meeting- POST ACTIVITY: Exhibition, Presentation and Self Evaluation
Approximate Time Required: 40-minutes
The fourth and final part of every art project in my class is a formal closure on the topic (in this case, ‘How to Design a Superhero’), which involves an analysis of what has transpired and what the students have learned.
During this meeting the students will participate in appreciating the artworks of their classmates, presenting their own work and evaluating what they have accomplished during the creative process.
RECALL- In our last post, we talked about how to scale-up a thumbnail design to the required size, which will eventually be the final design. We also detailed how to colour the final design effectively using tonal shading and gradation.
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NOW, THIS WEEK’S LESSON
The Rules- The main objective of this part is to teach the students on how to behave during an art exhibition, which a lot of the kids have not been initiated to, especially on these three basic rules:
- Do not touch the displays.
- Take time to analyse at the artwork in the context of the art elements (lines, shapes, form, colour, tones, texture and space) and the message and/or intent of the artist in creating the piece.
- Formulate positive criticism of the work while suggesting other options on how to improve it (remember students are all amateur artists).
Although the setup of our exhibit will be in the art room, I do think that these basic rules apply in all forms of visual exhibition, in any type of venue.
The Set-Up- There are many ways to display the art pieces of the students. Two of the most common is to post them around the art room walls or to arrange them on several tables where students could move around to look at the art works from different points of view.
The Fun Part- To make the viewing of the works more pleasurable, I give my students one thumbnail-sized coloured sticker each (with their names printed on it) and tell them to “pretend that the stickers are equivalent to $1000 bills. If you are an art collector who is buying a work of art, which of the displays in this art room would you purchase?” Then I instruct them to choose among the artworks of their classmates and place their coloured sticker on the right side their chosen art work.
I remind them that they should not choose their own work (they actually can’t since their names are printed on the sticker) or choose the work of their best friends. In this way, the class will be able to determine the best artwork among the display. We can also determine the “pretend price” for the best art work if indeed it is sold in a gallery.
Artists of the Week- After all the stickers have been placed, the whole class will see who has received the most number of votes (this really gets them excited). To finalise the results, I then announce and call the Top 3 class choices for best artwork based on the number of stickers received. The class applauds and sometimes I give the winners simple rewards like a pin (or a printed certificate) that says “Artist of the Week”.
The Top 3 artists for the activity will then be invited in front of the class to present their work. Usually we either place the artwork on the visualiser, which enlarges the work for the whole class to see. Sometimes we ask the student to just hold it up to show it to the class while answering the following questions during their presentation:
- What is the title of your art work?
- Who or what has inspired you in creating it?
- What art materials did you use?
- What were the design problems you encountered while doing the artwork?
- How did you solve these design problems?
- What do you think is the best part of your art work?
- How do you think you can still improve your work?
The Final Grade- After the presentation of the winners, we instruct the whole class to answer the same 7 questions on a piece of paper in a paragraph format. This will serve as their self evaluation so they can also process the activity on their own. The evaluation paper will then be collected and attached to the artwork before the teacher gives a final grade.
Time Check- If everyone has done the self-evaluation and there is time left in the lesson, I call on other students to present their work in front of the class in the manner similar to how the Top 3 artists of the activity has presented beforehand.
Preview- The Post-Activity will end with me showing a finished sample of the next art activity and a quick video preview of the procedure to get them excited for the next meeting.
See you then 🙂
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