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Welcome, and thanks for visiting!  Happy holidays. 🙂 -Juju

SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 4: Shape, Space – Text Interpretation

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L4: Shape, Space – Text Interpretation

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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The cover of the PDF file and its contents might seem familiar to some; indeed, this is a modified version of the 2nd lesson last semester (G10 L2). I wrote some chunks of text for my students to use for this activity.  There are 4 sets, which I’ve labeled Heist, Fantasy (I and II), and Blood.  In-between the first and second lessons, I ran a diagnostic drawing activity to figure out what my students know, and how they work when they’re given little to no instruction.  I chose text selections for them, at random.  Classes that worked on Heist for the diagnostic drawing activity drew either Fantasy (I or II) or Blood for this activity.

SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 3: Character Design, Creativity Tool “Word Chain”

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L3: Character Design, Creativity Tool “Word Chain”

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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I planned to teach figure drawing at this point (3rd lesson), using drawing animals with shapes as a springboard to drawing, well, the human animal with shapes.  After running it for 3 of my 8 classes, I took it out and simplified it.  Most of my students were horrified by the idea of having to use a ruler to calculate (heroic) proportions (8 1/2 heads, if the head is 2 cm, therefore the whole height is 17 and so on).  The math was simple, and yet an incredible number of them froze and flat out rejected everything in the face of having to calculate things.  This lesson was the hardest one I’ve ever taught in class, not because of the subject, but because of my inability to realize the actual difficulty of the lesson.  The odd thing is that the students that did listen to my instructions (and didn’t freak out) were able to draw the figure correctly.  I’m still rather torn, as a side of me believes that the original lesson was fine.  In any case, this version’s a lot simpler.  More students were able to relax and take it in right.  Time will tell if it really worked, though.  (The graded assessment is coming up soon!)

The creativity tool discussed here is the Word Chain.  I took it from the concept of mind mapping, concept mapping, and the idea cloud; I wanted to use a variation of those without having to dedicate a whole period for teaching mind mapping.  I thought it worked well with the use of silhouettes to design.  What do you think?

SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 2: Shape, Texture – Animal Drawing

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L2: Shape, Texture – Animal Drawing

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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This is a two-part activity where I made my students look for, then draw with the shapes they see in projected animal photographs, after which I made them practice different tone-and-texture-making techniques with pencils.

As you go through my slides for this semester, you might notice that I keep reiterating the movement from simple to complex, that art is done in steps.  This two-session affair showed me that most of my current students are unwilling to draw more than once per session (gasp!), with most of them becoming bored and inattentive knowing that they were going to draw animals “again”.  I might have chosen something that was simply uninteresting for kids these days; I’ll have to adjust accordingly.

SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 1: Line – Contour Line Drawing

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L1: Line – Contour Line Drawing

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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It’s Christmas break here in the Philippines, which means that the 3rd quarter of the school year has ended.  Last semester, I handled the sophomores; I’m now handling the freshmen.  They’re quite different, considering that they’re transitioning from Middle School to High School: to keep it simple, it’s been an incredible challenge keeping most of them focused.

Considering that I’m starting them fresh, I decided to teach them the basics, with line as the starting point.  This activity is supposed to help loosen my students up, a bit like stretching before exercise, but it didn’t seem to work as well as I’d hoped.  I wasn’t surprised, though; one of my slides was dedicated to reminding them not to think about perfection, with a couple others unsubtly suggesting that non-photorealistic output’s fine.  I’m not sure if it’s a school-isolated issue or a sociocultural matter, but an overwhelming majority of my students felt that their work was horrible simply because it didn’t look exactly like the subject.

A few notes regarding this lesson:

1) My students’ interest in the activity itself spiked when they saw that they were drawing a female subject.  However, their confidence dove when their drawing wasn’t “as attractive”.

2) The first picture that featured a statue turned out to be the most well-received subject.  A lot of my students freaked out upon seeing it; most of them were able to create excellent work after the overreaction wore off.  The source of their panic seemed to be the tiny details in the photograph, which allowed me to show (some) of them how a person in the distance need not be drawn with arms and legs (as in the classic image of a stick figure).

3) Not a single class wanted to try to draw the subject I used for the sample artworks. (Side note: I was a bit alarmed when their confusion with the subject’s gender quickly translated into disgust when they learned he was male.  What’s wrong with a guy with long hair?  Open-mindedness is hard to teach, I suppose.)


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