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  • How are you getting permission to do it with a high school? Ask parents? Are you going to post their pics here?
  • I am going to do this project with all of my high school classes. I think it will be interesting to see how different mediums answer the question. I'm hoping this will help my students learn to think about life and art on a deeper level. I want them to learn how to voice who they are through their art.
  • I teach Beginning Painting teacher at Cal State Fullerton. My personal pedagogy is that the basis of art is perceptual mapping. My goal as an instructor is to try to help my students recognize how the discern one thing from another, to be aware of what they are focused on and to become more concious of their perspective in the largest sense of the world.
    I am always in search of generative questions so I was delighted when a friend sent me the link for WDYDWYD. For most of the students this was their first experience showing their artwork in public. One of my students answer to WDYDWYD was " because I am afraid to do what I really want to do." That student has since started applying to culinary schools, we talked about how observation and being present is important to both cooking and art. He seems more relaxed now, his artwork has dramatically improved and he has decided to at the very least, be less afraid- What more could you ask for from a project and that is just one story.
    Thank you for providing such a wonderful opportunity.

    After in class discussion and viewing the WDYDWYD website I provided them with the following handout:

    Beginning Painting 107B
    Assignment 8
    Group Assignment: In Class
    Instructor: Athena Hahn
    October 27, 2008

    Why do you do what you do?
    1. Concept: WDYDWYD?

    2. What image will you use?

    3. What will the text be?

    4. How to: Describe how to set up what you will be looking at in order to do the painting and/or what reference material you will need.

    5. Paint Application: What styles of paint application will you use?

    6. Additional Materials: List what will be needed in order to complete this assignment.

    Questions:

    1) Why did you choose this description of yourself?

    2) How does the style of text reflect the emotion or thought behind your statement?

    3) How does your application of paint reflect the emotion or thought behind your statement?

    4) In what ways is it different to make a piece with publication in mind?
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