I'm a little obsessed with all the artsy things in New Orleans. If you love art and/or are in arts education, you HAVE to go. There are so many things to see. On my most recent trip, I heard someone in a shop near the French Quarter say that New Orleans is one place where you can work and support yourself as an artist. I really hate it isn't that way everywhere, but...
One of the things I am most obsessed with is the texture everywhere, especially on the doors. I cannot stop myself from taking pic after pic.
Well, I'm getting ready to teach texture in my classroom. I use the first couple of minutes of class as a bell ringer. Students come in, sit down, and look at an image. They analyze it for an element of art. They do this silently (mostly), and I call on a "secret student" to share what they noticed regarding the element. We focus on the same element for several weeks.
I am going to show them these photos that I took in NOLA as we talk about texture. I think I can really get some descriptive and vivid language out of them for this. Well, I know I can...and I don't mean the kind of vivid language you'd hear on Bourbon Street either!
In the captions are some examples of vivid language. I think it is great to give kids a couple of examples. Then, let them come up with two or three different ones for each pic.
|This is as rough as a home-grown cucumber.|
|This is an old, dried-up paint palette.|
|This is splintery like a rough piece of wood at Lowe's.|
|It's shiny, and the bumps feel smooth.|
|This is like the cracked skin of an ogre's face.|
|This is my skin when I forget to use moisturizer.|
|She may look rough and worn, but she is smooth like an R&B singer.|
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