Personal Monuments


This lesson is not my lesson, but one borrowed from an amazing teacher, Thomas W. Darneau.  We both belong to an art education group on Facebook.  I have learned so much from teachers who share their lessons in cyber-space.  I greatly appreciate this forum because I don’t have the opportunity to collaborate with other art teachers very often.  I feel I have learned more from art teachers around the world than I have during professional development days with paid speakers.  The digital world has really brought us all closer.

I am using this project as an introduction project with my advanced students.  I have enjoyed this project because it has given me the chance to re-teach some basic techniques using graphite or charcoal.  I was also able to introduce some basic composition guidelines.  My students applied these concepts to their still life photoshoots, which creates their source material.  I gave them the choice of using graphite or charcoal.  I lean towards charcoal and hope they will to, but I don’t force them to use it.  It was a lot of fun to watch them work!

Link to web-based: Personal Monument Project

Link to editable slide show: Personal Monument

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Cheralynn Johnston

Having the ability to flip the room so my students are leading their own learning has given me more freedom to help students one on one. I started off by making video demonstrations and since have been wrapping my lessons up in a HyperDoc. I wouldn't say my room has been completely flipped, but it is definitely blended learning. I love teaching and I am thrilled that I can share my lessons with you.

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