TRACY WHAT HAPPENED and NORAH WHOA
First assignment for my kiddos this semester was to create a portrait from observation. My sixth grade class drew Norah Jones followed by my seventh and eighth grade classes drawing Tracy Chapman. I was a little nervous about this assignment and knew it would be a challenging one for them without any prior knowledge. This is an arduous skill for beginning artists and I thought it would be an optimal way to show them how much they've grown as artists at the end of the semester.
So, you could say I set them up for failure on this one. I let them know that too. The objective here is PERSISTENCE through FAILURE. I was constantly encouraging them and making jokes and the gallery walk at the end of each class let's them know they aren't alone with their frustrations.
I'm a huge fan of both artists and wanted to introduce these kids to someone they've, more than likely, never heard of before. After reading their artist statements on Artsonia, I can proudly say it was a huge success. Some of the kids went home and looked up the artist on their own and many stated that the music helped them concentrate and calm them down even when they were frustrated. Some who may not have been fans of the music said they could see how it was an inspiration to other people and still agreed that it helped them concentrate better while drawing. This filled my heart.
For some added humor at our first attempt at these portraits, we decided to name the exhibits TRACY WHAT HAPPENED and NORAH WHOA. Take a look...