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[teacherartexchange] Input wanted on "blue clouds", are they common in other parts of the country?


Date: Sat Sep 23 2006 - 04:50:22 PDT

     I hope some of the list members can help me with this. When I first
began teaching (k-8) here twenty years ago I noticed that almost all of my
students would color their clouds blue and leave the sky white. It is a low-income
area so my first thought was that first grade teachers encouraged children to
color that way to preserve the blue crayons, but years passed, crayons were
plentiful and still the blue clouds persisted. Often I would ask: "Why are the
clouds blue?" the response: "Because that's what color clouds are." I would
say "look outside, what color are the clouds?", they answer "White." So I ask
why they color them blue and the usual response is "I donno, they're just
supposed to be blue."
       I have worked in schools in various parts of the country, but don't
recall noticing a lot of blue clouds. I grew up about sixty miles from here and
have no memory of them as a student or teacher there. I can remember my
kindergarten teacher showing me how to draw fluffy white clouds in a blue sky. Is
this just a local thing? If so, do any of you see it in your areas? How would
you handle it?
     I usually insist that my students color the entire page so the clouds
either disappear when they color the sky blue or they color the sky a different
color (which is fine and sometimes striking) but after these many years I am
still wondering...and last week my granddaughter came home from kindergarten
with a picture of our house and (you guessed it) blue clouds. I asked her why
the clouds were blue, the response "because that's what color you are supposed
to color clouds!"
    Any thoughts or comments are welcome. This is like the sun in the
corner, is that typical all over the world or just in this country?
Carol Karn
Clio, SC

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