“Drawing Empty Space”
Level: All ages
Description: In the visual world, there are two aspects of any object. One is the form or figure and the other is space or non figure. It’s very interesting to know that when it comes to drawing visual objects with space, most people focus on drawing outlines and completely overlook empty space within and around the object.
To demonstrate, show an empty glass. Help children appreciate the fact that without the empty space inside and outside the glass, we would have no glass. Empty space is as important as the form of glass. You can not pour water into the glass if there is no space to contain it.
Materials: Pencils, Drawing Papers, Eraser, Ruler
Objects: Glass, Open Box, Bottles etc.
Step 1. Display all objects.
Step 2. Ask kids to focus and study one of the objects carefully.
Step 3. Give average time for observation.
Step 4. Give drawing paper and pencil.
Step 5. Ask students to draw the outlines of the empty space, instead of drawing the outline of the form.
Step 6. Color empty space.
Step 7. Now ask students to draw only outlines of object on another drawing paper.
Step 8. Finally, ask them to merge empty space drawing and outlines of object on a separate drawing paper.
Creative Questions: Discuss this with the student.
1- Why are empty spaces important?
2- Name objects with empty spaces inside. For example, space between legs and arms. Space between tree limbs. Shapes between side facial features, such as the space between the nose and lips.
3- What is the difference between outer form and empty spaces?
Closing comments: By drawing these spaces, students will learn, how to draw what they see as they appreciate both the outline and the space.
When your kids are on vacation and you are busy, what can you do? Summer camps are normally the first thing that will come to your mind, but they bring many challenges for both kids and parents alike. Even with these challenges, summer wouldn’t be same without these camps for most families. Based on their time and their budget, some parents select full day camps for their kids in order to complement their work schedules and others go for short half day camps and even more still go for multiple daily activities. No matter if you select full day or half day camp, the most important thing is to select the right camp for your child, as well as one that that works for you.
Above: FEELartistic art instructor Jalal Gilani at Marysville farm educates kids and parents alike
Following these simple tips will help you select the right camp and the best activities for your child:
1) Research camps in your neighborhood or close to your work so you can pick and drop your kids off on time.
2) I hope this one goes without saying, but don’t enroll your kids in same type of activities in same building or environment for the entire summer.
3) Request free classes as a trial of sorts. Some camps offer free trials, and it can’t hurt to ask!
I personally initiated a free art program at FEElartistic Studio for those interested in either taking weekly art classes or trying summer art camps. This will give an opportunity to parents to see if this camp is right for their child or not.
4) Make sure to read and understand the camp’s policies on late pick up and cancellation, just in case.
5) Search and read reviews of the camp, as they will give you a much deeper understanding of what exactly goes on in your camp of choice.
6) Meet the instructor ahead of time if possible, or learn about the instructor and about the company running the camps.
7) Look out for early registration. This can help you save up to 50% of summer camp costs if you’re lucky!
8) Make sure the institution organizing the camp has a business permit, insurance, and that the criminal background of each individual has been checked by an unbiased organization.
Good Luck and have a wonderful summer camps:)
Five Year old fine art student working on art project at FEELartistic Fineart Studio
Rene Zellweger might have won an Academy Award without the theater courses she took at Katy High School. It’s possible that Norah Jones may have won multiple Grammy Awards even if she hadn’t attended choir classes at Grapevine Junior High School. But in each of these cases, and in countless others, a quality fine arts education in Texas public schools is at the foundation of their success.
Fine arts courses in our schools enable students to develop their interest and talent in the arts at an early age, and every student benefits from fine arts courses, even when their future career successes are outside of music, acting, dance or art.
In a state where high-stakes testing drives decisions on funding, staffing and instructional minutes, fine arts programs are frequently a target when school budget cuts must be made. With the legislature and school boards dealing with budget shortfalls of historic proportions, there is already evidence from districts across the state that fine arts programs are on the chopping block.
These programs often suffer because of a misguided perception that the arts are an extracurricular, non-essential part of education. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth.
Fine arts is part of the state-required curriculum that all school districts must offer from elementary through high school. Fine arts classes that meet during the school day are inarguably curricular by nature and by law.
“Fine arts courses are just as essential as every other part of the required curriculum,” said State Sen. Florence Shapiro, chair of the Senate Education Committee at a press conference. “In fact, fine arts courses are becoming increasingly critical in preparing students for the 21st-Century work force.”
During the last legislative session in a joint briefing to the House and Senate, business author Dan Pink advised legislators that the 21st-Century work force belongs to creative right-brain thinkers for whom the arts are a cornerstone of their development. Within that briefing, a NASA ISS systems engineer, an IBM master inventor and an AT&T executive echoed Pink’s convictions.
While it’s clear that business leaders value arts education, the more than 1.4 million students enrolled in middle and high school fine arts courses today speak to the fact that these programs are also valued across the state by students and parents. Elementary music, art and theater teachers serve tens of thousands of students daily and are among the most dedicated and passionate teachers in our Texas classrooms.
Research studies also continue to offer resounding conclusions about the importance of arts education. In 2008, the Dana Foundation released a comprehensive study, “Learning, Arts and the Brain,” that for the first time reported a causal relationship between rigorous study in the arts and improved cognition. A November 2010 Scientific American editorial headlined “Hearing the Music, Honing the Mind” stated, “Music produces profound and lasting changes in the brain. Schools should add classes, not cut them.”
Finally, the Texas Cultural Arts economic study released in 2009 entitled “20 Reasons the Texas Economy Depends on the Arts and the Creative Sector” found an undeniable connection between support for the arts, a vibrant creative sector and a strong economy.
To quote that study, “During tough economic times it may seem intuitive to cut arts and culture initiatives, but these are the very projects that can help the economy recover.”
Before school districts or the Legislature propose wholesale cutting of fine arts programs to solve what is admittedly a critical public education funding crisis, they should remember their responsibility to educate the whole child. Because fine arts courses are academic and a vital component in delivering the well-rounded education required by law, they should not take a disproportionate share of staffing and budget cuts.
As the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan so eloquently stated in 1993, “The arts, instead of quaking along the periphery of our policy concerns, must push boldly into the core of policy. The arts are not a frill.”
Robert Floyd is executive director of the Texas Music Educators Association and chairs the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education.
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