> Does anyone have any good ideas for incorporating writing with art? ---
I am sending 22 drawings and notes to my Swedish exchange teacher/friend in
Sweden. We met about seven years ago when I traveled with the group "Hands
Across the Water". I stayed with her in Sweden and then she stayed with me
here in NJ. She teaches 2nd grade. I teach 1st - 5th grade art.
Anyway, I'm about to send her the drawings that one of my 2nd grade classes
did. She is emailing me the children's names and if they are a boy or a
girl. I will assign each one of my students to a particular Swedish child.
I had them draw a horizon line near the top of the page. They drew a
picture of their house on this line. Then they drew a picture of themselves
fairly large at the bottom of the page. They drew a path (wide at the
bottom) going up to their door (very narrow at the top.) We talked about
perspective, vanishing point and some of the basic rules of perspective.
Plus we looked at examples by different artists that showed distance and a
They colored their drawings with crayons and outlined them with either black
or colored markers.
Next to the drawing they did of themselves was an empty space. I had them
write three sentences describing themselves, where they lived, some of their
interests, etc. on a neon colored index card. (They had to do a rough copy
first so I could proofread it with them. ) They glued the card to the empty
space on their drawing. They will write their name and address on the back
of their drawings.
I will send all 22 drawings to my Swedish friend and she will give them to
her students. She is planning to do a similar lesson with her students. The
children will then be encouraged to write to their "picture/pen pal" again
over the summer.