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In my third and fourth grades this year almost every lesson has involved
the theme "Stories tell pictures and Pictures tell stories." Connecting art
history, elements and principles of design, and aesthetics discussions are
easily woven in as we go.
I confess I have always liked stories. I like reading them, having them
read to me, and I really like writing stories. I also like making pictures
that tell stories, too. This unit has involved a lot of that. Remember the
strand last fall about totem poles? The totem poles were part of that unit.
Well, I wanted to reenforce mixing primaries to make secondaries. I
couldn't find an interesting story in the library with a lot of secondary
colored imagery. The library doesn't list them that way. I found lots of
books about color, but I wanted to read them a story that wasn't ABOUT
color....just prominently included imagery of secondary colors.
No luck. So I wrote a short one. It's called "The Story Nobody Knows." Its
almost three double spaced pages, and takes about five minutes to read
aloud. It concerns a modern family that has an encounter while traveling
across the great plains (they were studying the westward movement in social
studies). The student's tempera illustrations, with all those hand mixed
and lovely violets, oranges, and greens are fabulous, too!
Anyway, I'm looking for stories appropriate for K-5 that are visually
stimulating in some way, which can be used to exercise the student's
handling or understanding of any element or principle of design. The story
needn't be ABOUT an element or principle....just prominently include
descriptions of images which use an element or principle. For example, a
widget factory that starts to go haywire making too many GEOMETRIC SHAPED
widgets...or a story about someone making an around about journey wearing a
sweater that unravels, leaving a long LINE.
If you write one, I might be willing to trade my story for yours. Maybe we
could get together and publish an anthology of "ART CLASS FRIENDLY
STORIES?" I'd be happy to discuss ideas. Thanks in avdance!
Mark Alexander, 1-8 Art
Lee H. Kellogg School
47 Main Street
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031
"The object of education is to
prepare the young to
throughout their lives."