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ERIC Number: EJ866640
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3931
Sign of the Times: American Sign Language in Contour Line Drawing
Tamplin de Poinsot, Nan
Arts & Activities, v146 n3 p38-39 Nov 2009
There is no denying that human hands throughout art history have been alluring subjects for artists. Think of Michelangelo's portrayal of God and Adam's graceful hands on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, reaching out longingly to each other. In German Expressionist artist Egon Schiele's portraits, the long, bony fingers of his models' hands seem to squirm in their laps. Master illusionist M.C. Escher portrays a pair of hands that seemingly pop up from the page as they sketch each other in one of his most famous works. Hands can be a difficult subject to approach with students. Many frustrated students struggle with the correct proportion and shape of fingers, and may even avoid drawing them at all! In this article, students use the American Sign Language (ASL) alphabet in contour line drawing to spell out their names.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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