SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 8: Color & Detailing Graded Assessment

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L8: Color & Detailing Graded Assessment

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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This was the last assessment for my freshmen for the school year. Knowing that the school had a printing office, I decided to see if I could make worksheets for this assessment, and it worked out.  I wanted my students to think about how they could achieve a design objective with as much creativity as they could flex within limits.  (They say that creativity is about working with limitations, after all.)  Xavier School has a system for assessments called GRASPS, which is a guide for creating “authentic assessments” that mimic real-world demands.  The mimicry isn’t always perfect, or close to perfect, as a lot is fictional; it’s close to roleplay, actually, with students having to imagine that their audiences are film producers, art critics, contest judges, and so on.  (I used the GRASPS system for previous assessments.)  Based on what I wanted to do, I didn’t feel like the system would work, so I abandoned it for a creative brief.

I had 12 sets of worksheets, ranging from “Notorious Outlaw Bandit” to “Holy Good King”.  (Download the set here.)  Drawing guides were included on the sheets to help ensure that I was testing really was color and detailing (and technique).  As said in the slides for this assessment, they could interpret the words however they wanted.  I had a student create a cyborg for “Warrior Guardian Monk”; he explained that his concept was a monk from a Temple of Mars.  (I’ll put up some of their work here later on.)

In hindsight, I could have made it more fun by changing the “role” of the students from job applicant to actual character designer.  Something for next time, for sure. 🙂

PS It was embarrassing to have printed out worksheets that featured guides with wrong proportions.  Why did I alter the original?!  Ah, an art teacher’s learning curve…

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SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 7: Color

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L7: Color

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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I modified last semester’s lesson on color to fit the medium (coloring pencils) and the subject (character drawing).  The lecture was done during the first meeting; they colored one of their inked drawings from the previous lesson.  Color meanings and psychology are a lot to take in, and some of my students ended up not thinking about the reason for their color choices, or worse, not bothering to use the color wheel.  (“Random” was a word I heard often.)  That led me to add a few “Tips” slides, which I repeated during the second session, whether I said it during the first or not.  There was some pretty cool works from this project; I’ll try to scan a few and setup a digital exhibit of sorts.

38-ish students is really too big a classroom size.  I like to go around and give personalized advice for my students while they work, since everyone progresses at a different rate.  Sometimes I have to keep myself from addressing someone’s work for too long, and I wish I didn’t have to.  Speaking of classroom size, that’s the main reason why I didn’t order coloring pencil sets greater than 12 per box: consider the nightmare of fixing misplaced pencils from boxes of 36, a box each for almost 40 students.  (;゜0゜)

SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 6: Contrast, Pattern – Detailing

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L6: Contrast, Pattern – Detailing

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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I originally planned to move on to topics that went beyond character design, but I decided not to leave things too basic.  I wasn’t sure whether the activity was going to fly, but it turned out to be the most successful in keeping student interest / attention.  Practically everyone was focused on their worksheets, and it was great to see how far my students took the base drawing.

On the 1st slide after the title page, I asked my students to define contrast in their own words, using the figures shown as guides.  It didn’t seem like they were used to doing things this way; I felt like their gazes showed less thought and more waiting, waiting for me to give them the definition.  Last semester, I did everything traditionally, with dictionary (well, Wikipedia) definitions for every new word or concept my students encountered.  I’m not sure about how effective that is, but I’m sure that they’re not used to it.  There’s only about 3 weeks left for this school year, and I hope to keep from spoon-feeding my students, in spite of the awkward silences that accompany the approach.

Here’s the worksheet for the activity: G9 L6 Worksheet

SY 2012-2013 2nd Semester Lesson 5: Character Design Graded Assessment

Slides: 2012-2013 G9 L5: Character Design Graded Assessment

Xavier School  |  Grade 9  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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As with my previous lesson featuring Concept, Planning, and Execution (Grade 10 Lesson 10), I wanted to reinforce the idea that design is about solving problems.  The context tells us about the direction/s we can take.  “Is this going to work?  Does this appeal to our target audience?  Does it make sense?”  A successful output for this assessment would have to be able to address the project’s requirements; the concept and design always goes back to the audience.  If it doesn’t “sell”, then it’s not going to work.

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.)

SY 2012-2013 1st Semester Lesson 13: Movement 2 – Comics Layouting

Slides: 2012-2013 G10 L13: Movement 2 – Comics Layouting

Xavier School  |  Grade 10  |  by Josiah Gosingtian

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This was my last lesson for my sophomores; I’m glad I had enough time to make it fit.  We weren’t able to tackle Photoshop, but even if we did have the time, the license / software hadn’t arrived.

We started out with creating a sense of movement in a single page, then to movement through a narrative.  Here, we create a series of images to show the illusion of movement through time.  I’ve included in the slides the parts that I demonstrated live (like part 2.5 in the file).  They were made to choose parts of the stories they wrote during the previous lesson (Movement 1.5 – Narrative Structure), and were then asked to figure out which scenes were more important.  They had one meeting to make sketches and plan their layout, and another to finalize their drawing.

In hindsight, this could have been a major assessment, as all of the previous lessons could be applied here.  It was a bit too tight schedule-wise, though, and I would not have been able to warn my students early.  If you would like to try the activity, check out the selection of work here, then select parts of a story you like (say, #s 3-6 of the 2nd story), decide which scenes are more important than the others, and create your layout.  🙂

Selection: My Sophomores’ Exquisite Corpse Stories

2A:

I could never go back, not after what I saw.

1.

While I was walking in the alley, I heard screams as strong as thunder.
Due to my curiosity, I ran as fast as I could to check it out.

2.

There I saw a crowd.
I heard a loud voice in the middle of the crowd, shouting my name.

3.

I was puzzled and (unintelligible) thinking does somebody want to kill me?

Am I going to die today?

4.

I made my way through the crowd and found the source of the sound.
It was a friend of mine and, on her lap was my corpse.
I then looked at myself wondering how my corpse is on her, until I realized I have been dead for a year.

5.

Yet I wonder what the cause of my death was and pondering, who killed me.
I ponder on this thought for a moment while staring at my friend who holds my corpse.

6.

Then I realized that my feet were chewed off…
I decided to begin a journey, no, more like a quest, to find my killer and avenge my past.
Then, this image popped out of my head: a hooded person with an axe.

7.

He said to me, “You are just like me and I am your future.”
“I was once like you, alive but dead.”

2B:

On the 12th day, I had my revenge.

1.

I went to his house with the blade my father gave me.
“Hurt those who have hurt you.”

2.

I abandoned the thought of my conscience.
I knew this had to be done.

3.

I approached him with heart-filled rage.
I draw the blade — the blade to end it.

4.

I screamed in rage.
I stabbed him.

5.

And continued beating him.

6.

My hunger for revenge is unsatisfied.
This discontent brought me to do more stuff.

7.

I skinned off his face and wore it as a mask.
I went to his parents’ room — “Hi mommy.”

8.

There was no specific reaction in their faces.
They were easily convinced that I was him.

9.

I then took the body of their son.
I threw it before them with it bleeding into the carpet.

10.

Then I killed the mom and dad.
And blood was now all over the place.

11.

I’ll let others clean up.
It’s getting late, after all.


2D:

I could never go back, not after what I saw.

1.

It was 7 o’clock in the morning and I just woke up.
I heard a girl shout again and again.

2.

I wanted to find out what happened.
Out of curiosity, I got up and went outside of my dorm.

3.

I forgot to wear my underwear, but I still went out despite the pouring rain.
I followed the shouts and saw 2 shadows against the wall, one on the floor, one on top of the other.

4.

I heard two people struggling with each other.
It is like they are doing something, something unusual.

5.

I got a baseball bat and slowly approached the sound.
As I go nearer to the source, a loud scream.

6.

I got to see the view clearly now: Inside a gold-and-red oriental Chinese room filled with lucky cats and Buddha statues, I saw a young Chinese woman, 5’3″ and wearing a dragon boat festival dress being robbed by a Hispanic male, around 13 years old, wearing a candy-cane-striped ski mask and holding three crescent sickles in both of his hands.
The robber stood above the Chinese woman laying on a fur bear rug, crying while her thick purple make-up smudged on her face, and after seeing her dalmatian-husky hybrid lying on the floor dead, I ran away screaming into the darkness.

7.

I quickly ran into my dorm and shut the door.
I can still hear the sound of the girl and the robber.
I quickly called the police using my walkie-talkie.  It didn’t ring…
Suddenly, I heard someone knocking on my door.

2F:

I have found the truth about this world.

1.

Berns is actually the Omniscient Global Empress.
He has epic plans for Galactic domination.

2.

A world military state will be established soon.
Everyone will be serving in the Kawaii Army.

3.

Anyone who opposes shall be crushed and disintegrated.
Everyone will kneel before Berns and the Kawaii Army!

4.

They have expanded their empire until the planet Pluto.
And they have deployed a fleet to conquer the neighboring galaxy.

5.

It’s called Hong Ma and they are inhabited by the Corrorians.
He commanded 1000 fleets to vanquish all resistance.

6.

Both insanely large empires agreed to stage the epic battle at Uranus.
As both armies rush to the supposed stage battle, the Corrorians brought out the anti-Kawaii pillar.

7.

Both sides were really scared for this epic battle but they had no choice, this battle needs to end.
There is no good effects of war there is really no victor both side suffer.

8.

The Kawaii Army had a lot of casualties but there was a burning desire inside the hearts of the soldiers so they were able to turn the tide of the battle.

9.

“God loves you,” said a stranger in a coat.
“Yes,” Berns the historian said.

10.

They went to a coffee shop to drink coffee and eat some cake.
They talked for a long time.

11.

They won the battle and they celebrated for many years.

2G:

5 AM: the alarm rang.

1.

The sun hasn’t risen, and neither have I.
“A lazy day,” I thought, or at least wished.

2.

I’m just gonna stay in my bed and look at the ceiling.

3.

Think about how my life is going…  Dammit, life sucks…

4.

I should really do something new today, maybe.

5.

But no…  I’m feeling a bit lazy, chips?  Perhaps?

6.

Or maybe I should just settle for some good morning breakfast?
Juice or coffee?  Hmm…

7.

I don’t know.
I’m still lying down, tired, broken, and feeling a little nauseous.

8.

I still can’t remember a thing.
Here I am, on my bed, thinking.

9.

What am I gonna do with my life?
I can’t just throw it away and always do this.

10.

I got up and moved to the living room.
What happened here?!

11.

Why is it wet and all messed up?
Oh, I remember now…

12.

The pieces of my memory are coming back.
This wet thing, it’s pretty sticky too.
Beer.

13.

Her face haunts my memory.
I can’t get that disturbing image out of my mind.

“She was like the night…”

1.

I couldn’t see her.
She was blending into the darkness of the room.
Her breasts brushed my arm.

2.

Yea.
I feel the sensation of my body being aroused.

I can’t control it.

3.

She’s very mysterious.  You couldn’t know what she’d do next.

4.

She asked if I had money.
I couldn’t answer straightly.

5.

I had to think for a second.
Finally, I found some money on the floor and rented a room.
For two.

6.

We got to know each other, talking ’til midnight.

7.

Sharing stories about each other’s lives and got some drinks to lighten up the mood.

8.

So we drank, and the more we drank, the more we shared.

9.

Time passed quickly, and soon I started to feel a little dizzy…  No, nauseous.

10.

I started feeling the warmth spreading across my body.
Sweating, I sat down and knocked over a few bottles…
Damn.

11.

I got up and got a rag and when I reached the bedroom, everything went black.

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