Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Collaborative Grids: Art for Elementary


















It's tried and true, this classic collaborative grid. It essentially works every time. I took a copy of Audrey Flack's "Queen" (Flack and piece pictured), cut it into small squares, and gave one of the squares to each student. Their job was to recreate the small square's contents onto a larger white square. Once all squares were completed, it the class as group had to piece it together. It's always fascinating to see who becomes the leaders in this part of the process. As it comes together, there is an aha moment when the student discovers their seemingly "lame" square is vital to the whole, and that the imperfections actually enhance the whole and make it much more interesting to view. The second grid is simply a second section of the same class. It's fun to compare and contrast the two.

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