Every one of my assignments begins with the distribution of an assignment sheet like those to the right.




After an effort to connect the new assignment to the student's lives, the requirements of the project are made clear.



Each assignment sheet displays the grading rubric so my students know exactly how to succeed. A graded copy of this rubric is attached to the art when I return it to the students.

This assignment supported the teaching of line, one of the elements of art.

First all my students practiced drawing the same object, a mountain cabin, to learn pen and ink technique and how to create form and texture with line.

Then the students chose their own subject matter and once again depicted form and texture with line.

The focus of this assignment was to create the illusion of form with line..



This project provided a framework onto which I was able to add some history about the traditions and cultural significance of Dias de los Muertos. Students also learned that observational drawing techniques can be applied to three dimentional works and they learned to decorate a form with pattern. Each student created their skull with paper mache, and decorated with pattern using acrylic paint.

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