Medieval Musings or Mayhem?
“Most risks we might not take if we could see what we would have to go through to reach our goal. Yet, we would never not take most risks if we knew the great learning experience and soul enrichment they would bring.” - Linda Eyre
As a teacher of ten year olds with limited exposure to art materials and techniques, I am regularly faced with the challenge of promoting risk taking. Thankfully, children are much less inhibited, in my opinion, then adults. However mixed media projects usually incite a bit of anxiety even for the most daring. My guess is that the given project at first seems too different from what they expect to be doing as "art." There are always a handful of real "scaredy cats," but with enough TLC even they can be coaxed into tackling the blank canvas.
My school teaches the history of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation in the 4th grade. That means a treasure trove of art history to integrate! A few years ago I was privileged to take a work shop in NYC with Lynne Perrella. See this great post about the workshop at Broken Heart Art: http://broknheartart.blogspot.com/2009/10/medieval-manuscript-workshop.html. It was a jam packed day of wonderful instruction from Lynne with a Medieval theme. Although the techniques, wisdom, and insight given by Lynne can translate to any theme, she unwittingly inspired our next 4th grade endeavor. Why not teach the kids some of Lynne's techniques and have them make a Medieval style banner? And so we did! That is not to say we were without the challenge of running from kid to kid answering questions and helping them shmoosh this and that this way and that before this and that dried! Mayhem? YES! And how very grateful I am to have an assistant!
|4th Grade Banner|
|4th Grade Banner|
|Encaustic Clip Art Image on Foam Core|