So, I switched to a shrinky dink project with them instead. It still fit into their texture unit because we were working with smooth and rough sides of the plastic.The inspiration for the project came from Phyl over at There's A Dragon in my Art Room and her post on a recent pd she did that used the work of Nicholas Krushenick as the focus. I was unfamiliar with his work and it's right up my alley! Brightly colored, pattern heavy abstractions with a strong sense of play in his shapes and compositions. I knew I'd use his work at some point after reading Phyl's post, just not this soon;)
So, the classes and I quickly reviewed the texture rubbings we did the week before and when I introduced Nicholas' work, I talked about how he, like Clare, was more interested in creating images with interesting arrangements of shapes and not about making a picture of a person, flower, etc.
We looked at a number of his pieces and then did some practice drawings that were inspired by, and not copies of his work. We borrowed compositional elements and his use of patterning, but I emphasized that everyone's was going to be different based on choices they made. When their sketches were done, I had students put a check next to the one they wanted to make and turn to their neighbor and explain why they wanted to use that one.