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The students finished the mural today and it is incredible! It is moving, connected, powerful, and a testament to the collaborative creativity and effort that they are capable of. They have titled it (tentatively) “The Dreamer.” Enjoy the pictures! To see a larger version of the pictures just click.

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Today the kids began a large group mural as a collaborative art project. It was one of the most amazing art experiences I’ve ever witnessed. The kids were faced with many challenges and I deliberately stepped back a bit to see how they would come together creatively. Challenges to address included: how do we begin? how do we all paint...

July 27, 2009

During our fourth class I handed the students a piece of paper with four pre-drawn circles. We then talked about the four elements and different qualities associated with each – the four elements being: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. The paintings were done in watercolor and the students really responded well to the medium – some using it more fluidly,...

July 26, 2009

Here are a few pictures of the students in action…the group pictures were taken as they got ready to decorate for a birthday today! Their goal was to create one of the longest paper chains they’ve ever seen, and I think they succeeded! At least I’ve never seen one quite as long! The process of piecing the paper chains together...

July 25, 2009

Collage Exploration: The class was given a large pile of assorted colored and decorative paper. Students were asked to tear or cut pieces of the paper up and then create a collage with the paper. Collages could be completely abstract or they could be slightly representative of things (i.e. trees, animals, a face etc). Before beginning, I showed the students...

July 24, 2009

Mark making exploration: Each person divides a piece of paper into 4 boxes. Four different songs are played (ideally in different styles/genres). After each song is played, the students make “response marks” that represent what the song feels like visually to them (i.e. dots, squiggles, triangles, crosshatching etc). It is interesting to compare and contrast the different drawings at the...

July 24, 2009

Here are the first day assignments – the first is a warm-up and the kids loved it! The second two are from their portraits of each other…I’ve included four pieces from the class work today – again taken with my cellphone, but you get the basic feel for them! Warm up: (regular Charcoal) Each person puts their name on the...

July 22, 2009