We talked briefly about the word silhouette. I really like silhouettes because, as stated by the artist Beatrice Coron, the language of silhouettes is efficient and gets down to the essential (qualities of something).
|Art by Beatrice Coron who works in cut paper!|
Each table group was given a baggie of words naming different objects such as bird, lamps, swing, etc.
The challenge was for students to be able to cut out a shape or multiple shapes that communicated their chosen word so that it could be recognized without using any lines whatsoever.
|This is a horse and a suitcase by third graders in 207.|
Once they found a shape(s) that communicated their word, they cut it out and glued it onto a cardboard "flash card".
Each class now has a set of flash cards which we will discuss and play with during the next class.
|Fork and Lamp|
|Television, Shirt and Cherry|
During this "challenge", students had to visualize the objects in their mind, as well as to think symbolically and consider what is essential to recognizing a particular object as a shape in order to successfully communicate their word.
|"Donut", "Butterfly" and "Swing"|
For instance, your really do need a cut hole to communicate a donut!
Many of the students were extremely successful at communicating their word in silhouette. I often got chills when I looked at their flash cards, thinking, wow they really got it!
|"Basketball" and "Lamp"|
|"Helicopter" and "Socks"|