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Drawing & Art Appreciation
November & December 2015
The wonderful (and often infuriating) thing about art is its subjectivity. It's all about perspective and interpretation. The Treehouse students got their own crash course, as they were tasked with drawing upside-down and with their non-dominant hand, and asked to respond critically to works of art with their first impressions. They also worked in partners on a drawing activity which had them giving verbal directions only on how to draw an image. It was a great way to demonstrate how we can all be different and right at the same time.
As we continue throughout the year, they will receive more opportunities to practice "The Kind Critique" for works of art by strangers, familiar artists, their classmates, and even themselves. We got really creative with our critiques by taking it outside and discussing our thoughts while on the run! These kiddos are also pretty amazing at adding some humour to the situation. :)
Quote from a 4th grader after being shown a particular painting: "I think it might look good. . .in maybe the BACK of the museum?"
We had a little visit from The Grotto Ghost - or it could just be that our atomic clock reset itself. :)