The first time I taught this was the year I student taught. I was using a chalk board with a gigantic 90′ triangle. It was a total disaster. The day resulted in a completely deflated first year teacher and a room of equally confused students. I am sure the only trauma caused was my own because I remember the day like it was yesterday. Thankfully this lesson has gotten to be a lot easier to present and has evolved over the years. If you are using 1:1 devices this lesson is going to be a breeze! Students will teach themselves and you will have the freedom to float around to assist those in need. For the years before 1:1 devices entered my room I went through the slide show step by step on the overhead projector, this was good too!
At the beginning of this slide show I show 3 different ways to go about completing this lesson. Everyone does things a little different and by offering a few ways to accomplish this task it gives students a choice to use what is comfortable for them.
One of the things I really like about the online community is being able to collaborate with teachers in cyberspace. Are you following “The Helpful Art Teacher“? Rachel Wintemberg is from the East Coast and teaches at Perth Amboy High School in New Jersey. She is one of my favorite teachers to follow because she is friendly and has a wealth of information. You will find her amazing how to video on slide #4. I love that she is teaching in my room right along side of me!
I have a ton if ideas for this lesson next year. I want to include Prisma Color pencil techniques and talk about shading with a light source. The lesson evolves and teaching has definitely gotten easier and less deflating!