Paige - Sounds like a really neat assignment. I think those kids that use
the cartoon images lack the confidence to create their own work. I'm sure
this problem comes up in all of our classrooms from time to time!!
I try to "nip this problem in the bud" by establishing criteria for good
artwork during the first week of school. I spend 3 or 4 days teaching kids "how
to come up with ideas for art". We use the thinking skill brainstorming.
We do several games and exercises that encourage brainstorming. While
brainstorming, you establish a list of ideas from which you choose your best. We
then set up criteria for selecting the best idea. Our list includes
"creative, original, unique, and challenging". These works are posted in the room. I
refer to them often when helping a child choose from several ideas.
So when the copyrighted images come up or someone wants to slack with the
easiest idea, we simply refer to the list of criteria. This helps them to
decide for themselves whether the idea is appropriate. Hope this helps.
Please share your lesson! Carolyn in VA Beach