For 1st day intro. for grade k-4, I display Norman Rockwell ( I have 3
years worth of calendars). We discuss 'genre' - things that happen
around us in everyday life. I begin by talking about one painting that
has a boy, girl and dog walking. I try to imagine a story from all of
the details and facial expressions that I see. The children are holding
books, an apple, both are dressed up, etc. - we imagine that they are
walking to school, and so on.
I try to call on everyone in the class to describe stories with other
paintings which also helps me to learn names of students. We continue
the discuss that Norman Rockwell used colors to show moods and weather.
I instructed each student to draw themselves "doing something", they must
be holding an object and should be sitting or walking. By looking at
their drawings, we should be able to tell a story too. I reminded them to
include small details so that we can tell the season or weather like a
cloud, leaf or flower.
Depending on the grade we used crayon, colored pencils, or pencil and
I always have students date their drawing and I keep them until the end
of school. I have them draw themselves again and they compare how they
Hope this helps!
Cherie in KC