Charm of Chiaroscuro

The students articulated the qualities that make something cute, other things cuter, and some things not cute at all. They arranged the objects they had brought from “cutetest” to “not cute at all.” With the help of this arrangement, they negotiated a list of the characteristics of cute as a way to understand the perceptions and notions connected to the concept “cute.” These characteristics include small, innocent, pink, large eyes etc.

They used water to establish the shape of the object they had on a larger scale on black paper. Later they used white paint to create a strong light and dark contrast (chiaroscuro). They were expected to use at least three characteristics from the list to make the object cuter than it appeared.

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