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Monday, August 27, 2012

The Wanted Poster

The Wanted Poster


This is a tried an true lesson for all you Art Teachers (or any subject really).
I have done it for 9 years and still love the results.
It is a great getting to know you activity for 6-12th grade.

I do a "Wanted Poster" every year as our first project. I love doing them for many different reasons. First of all, they help me get to know what students like, what thier tastes are, and their personalities. Second, it helps me see where they are artistically. And Last, I can see if the are good at following directions.
I give them all the same form to fill out. It has a variety of informations (physical sttributes, home and family info, likes and interests).
They are instructed to use thier bad habits or flaws to have as what they are "wanted" for. I want to know if the play too much playstation, bite thier nails when they are nervous, or text while bicycling! When I see thier habits, I tell them that this is real habits, and that we are not making up illegal ideas that you might possible do (or hopefully have never done!). Do not write that you robbed a bank or blew up a church. False information will not help me to know you, it will only let me konw that you do not follow directions and points will be deducted.
I also have them draw their face (best the can)to fill up the space given. I hand out mirrors for this if they want. But, I encourage them to do what they are comfortable with (cartoon or realistic).  One thing in for sure, I want them to try to make it look most like them rather than a pretend or older version of themselves. It cannot be something unreal (no mustaches or robber masks).
I also have them draw the kind of outfit they would wear on a regular basis.
It is a fun way for me to get into thier heads and learn more about thier lifes. I keep these all year on file for reference and to see the artistic growth from the first week of art.
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I challenged the staff to also get involved this year!
I thought it would be fun. So far, our assistant principal was the only one brave enough...
She rocks!

8th grader, advanced art class

8th grader, advanced art class

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