This year, I have a lot of personality in my class. The kids are wonderful, and I love them all, but they have thoughts, opinions and stories that need (cue dramatic music) to be heard all day long. Which is fine, but makes for a very busy day. It also means that those kids who have to take a turn for a story get antsy...and by antsy I mean squirmy, restless, irritable kids.
|This book shows emotions and colours associated with them. |
Excellent starting point.
1) I wanted artwork that the kids created to be the focus. I tossed around the idea of taking photos but decided against it.
2) I noticed that the kids had an extremely difficult time expressing things about themselves during our community circle. They were stuck. "Something positive about me? I dunno..."
3) I wanted them to own the wall. They needed to put as much input into this as possible.
So, I googled "teaching kids how to draw a self-portrait" and came upon Art Projects for Kids. Wow! Easy to follow, step-by-step instructions that a non-artistic person like myself can teach and create. Perfect.
|from Art Projects for Kids|
|South Colonie school inspired our paintings with their slideshow|
|one of our finished portraits Matisse style|
**Click HERE to go to one of the articles that I read about the research behind Strength Walls**
Come back tomorrow to read about PART 2 of our Strength Wall journey!