> From: Mark Alexander mamjam
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: "The Story Nobody Knows"
> Date: Monday, March 02, 1998 11:57 PM
> Hello again,
> In my third and fourth grades this year almost every lesson has involved
> the theme "Stories tell pictures and Pictures tell stories." Connecting
> history, elements and principles of design, and aesthetics discussions
> 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
> that tell stories, too. This unit has involved a lot of that. Remember
> strand last fall about totem poles? The totem poles were part of that
> 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."
> 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
> 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
> 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
> widgets...or a story about someone making an around about journey wearing
> sweater that unravels, leaving a long LINE.
> If you write one, I might be willing to trade my story for yours. Maybe
> 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
> educate themselves
> throughout their lives."
> Robert Hutch