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A new way to connect visual art and creative writing is on the horizon. Kids first identify the characters in the painting Rabbit Hunt, then write narrative from the perspective of one of the characters in the painting. They combine their narratives in small groups to compose a short story. Now this is collaborative learning!
Young scholars explore the graffiti paintings of Paco Rosic and recognize that his artworks were designed to please himself. Your class are led to identify the techniques in Paco Rosic's paintings and create graffiti art. There is material and opportunity for debate here about graffiti and its social impact. Resources provided will help inspire debate about inspiration and peceptions of certain non-traditional art forms
But it's just a plate. Kids find out through art analysis and discussion that it's not just a plate, but the product of pottery skills passed down from generation to generation throughout the Pueblo community. After considering the skill and art of pottery, they interview a family member, take notes on their skill, and then compose an explanatory letter describing that skill to future generations.
There are many ways to tell a story; Richard Patterson's three-dimensional painting If serves as the inspiration for some creative storytelling for elementary school writers. They watch a clip from Toy Story (you'll need to bring this), and examine the life-sized painting, actually a toy under many layers of paint. Encourage kids to think of a back story describing how this happened to the toy. Older kids write individual accounts, while younger classes can create a group story. Encourage them to share, using effective story-telling techniques. There is some background information provided as well as images.
Use this artistic activity in a unit about word choice or as part of your ongoing vocabulary development routine. Helpful for both narrative and informational text, the approach prompts middle schoolers to create art from words to express meaning and connotation. Engage your artistic learners by honoring their need to create beauty as part of their learning.
Kids become mini-experts on the Mannerist movement and the art of El Greco. They identify common elements of El Greco paintings and compare them to a work by Thomas Hart Benton. They use four ways to examine art taken from the book, "Looking at Pictures" by Susan Woodford to help them analyze the paintings. A good lesson with a lot of great extension ideas.