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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #763

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Mon, 27 Apr 1998 21:42:15 EDT

I am so excited that so many of you are interested in my unit on Art and
Literature in Harmony(that's what I call it!). I presented it to the Boards
of Education in my state in the fall and got great reviews. I must admit, it
is a wonderful project which encorporates so very many concepts. I have done
it with second, third and fourth graders yet I feel it could be adapted to any
grade level, allowing more independant work for the older students. I will try
to explain it in more detail.
1-Choose an author illustrator whose technique would be appropiate for the
students to try to use to illustrate their own book.
2-Allow the students to research the a/i life and discuss why and how this
person has come to be the artist which he is.
3-Collect as many books as possible and allow the students to "discover" the
artist's technique and literary style.Have groups read and study a book and
then report to the group. Together you will discover similarities in their
4-together decide on a basic theme for your book(similar to the themes of the
author (Leonni-life lessons, Keats-family, Carle-teaching primary lessons and
progressive learning, Wildsmith-discriptive words)
5-together decide on technique--listing various techniques found in the
6-together write the story line and then divide it into the number of students
in the class or goup, each student getting a page to illustrate.
7- THIS IS THE HARD PART-the studetns need to realize that the pages must be
coordinated so that if the character of the mother (for instance) is in four
of the scenes, she needs to have the same look. It is soooo hard to describe
this without seeing how it was actually done. The Carle book (collage-made
papers)we did was called "Why Did Mommy and Daddy Name Me Colorsaurus?" and we
had a dino who was on every page...The book taught colors and months of the
year. It sarted in January with the birth of a dino which was gray. The next
page was Feb. A cupid landed on his ear and his ears turned red(doily printed
red)..Mar-he stepped on a shamrock and his tonails turned green (splash
painted)and so on. Each page built on the one before so by dec. the dino had
red ears, green tonails, yellow eyelashes (looked at an AUGUST sun), pink
polka dots(he smelled May flowers)etc.---oh, he turned white in sept when the
chalk dust hit his body! Jan--Happy birthday Colorsuarus--Now we know why
Mommy and Daddy named him Color....... Here you see that all the students
needed to share the papers we made on each page to design the body of the dino
all of the backgrounds were made by a committee who water colored. and another
committee who used neon green and fingerpainted. The grass was then cut into
half sheet and distributed to each page illustrator...this seems's so hard to explain.I hope you got the idea.This unit is
filled with cooperative learning in that all papers need to be made in many
painted techniques and then shared by all.This is my favorite one so far.
8-After the pages are designed, we moved to the computer lab and the kids
typed thier text.
9-We affix it to the pages and laminate the book. We have donated the books
to the local library for summer and use them in our school library for
classroom teachers to introduce the various author/illustrators.
I hope I have explaned this in a coherent way...excuse the spelling---have no
time to check....If you have any other ?'s ask.

I love my new art friends on the husband thinks he has lost me