Last quarter the children in Grade 1 were asking the question “How can we read art?” We shared some of the children’s favorite stories and talked about how the characters felt, making our own illustrations.
We dressed up as story characters and acted out emotions and then drew each other from observations. These drawings were then painted with watercolors and decorated with collage and pastel. The children made really interesting observations about how there characters felt. “Takao is happy because bright colours are entertaining” ‘Maya is mysterious” “Kyrie is angry. I used red and black to show he is furious!”
We also spend some time with the children inventing there own stories. Firstly, they selected a page with a simple line or shape on it and then they had to continue the line or build on the shape to create a full page story.
Another story telling activity involved choosing artwork by a famous artist that they thought would tell a good story. They working in pairs to decide if the artwork would be the beginning, middle or end of the story. They then continued the lines and shapes of the artwork to create another work which told the rest of the story in three parts and at the same time one piece of art. This work was also created with parents during the student led conferences.
The children learnt that art can tell stories. They also appreciated that people read art in different ways and so one piece of art can tell a different story to each person who studies it.
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