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Friday, August 28, 2015

Opening lines of communication


My painting class has been working with an easy opener: turning angled lines into positive and negative geometric shapes. Each kids work turned out different and yet also successful. Searching for a more fluid expression of movement, and hoping they'd get a little uncomfortable (which is necessary to taking a risk), I had them make their own brushes and use India ink to fill pages with marks. Then they had to slice the papers into strips and introduce themselves to at least three classmates in order to trade strips. (My painting classes include students from all different grade levels- 10-12th grade, and they do not really know each other).

Glued together the strips made visual poetry, which the kids had to write on the back- a line for a line.
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