visual art specialist teachers use contrasting interpretations of the
human face to explore inquiry-based instruction and various techniques
in visual art:
- At Helen Street School in Hamden, Connecticut, visual art teacher
Pamela Mancini uses portraits
from two periods in history to help a fifth-grade class discover
that there is more to a painting than meets the eye.
After examining the paintings, students draw original portraits, expressing
information about their subjects through expression, clothing, background,
technique, and other visual cues. They conclude the lesson by sharing
their responses to each others work.
Visual art gives students a time to wind down and express themselves,
says Mancini. They have the freedom of making choices; they learn
from making the decisions that they make. They learn to look at their
work in a different way.
- At Ridgeway Elementary School in White Plains, New York, MaryFrances
Perkins introduces mask-making to a second-grade art class. By making
their own masks, students examine the concept of symmetry, study the
vocabulary word for the day, and learn that masks are found in cultures
throughout the world. Children gain skills
and confidence with the art form as they identify common characteristics
of masks, such as exaggerated features and decoration, and relate the
shapes of eyes and noses to geometrical shapes they have learned.
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