One Sunflower

all school project – part 1

on October 4, 2010

Monday was opening day for beginning our school-wide art project.  It is so thrilling to see it unfold!

Last spring we contacted a local artist and developed the concept for this project.  This fall, each student will paint a small silk flag and we will hang them in the school hallways – every child will be represented by their own art!  Then, in the spring, the artist will return and help each class create a large banner.  We’ll trade out the banners for the student flags so they can go home with their creators.  The theme of the banners will be one of the “Habits of Mind” that our school chooses to focus on this year.  The students will work to create a picture based on a book they read that demonstrates that habit.  In this way, the banners will hang in the halls and highlight student work, favorite books and a Habit of Mind all at once!

The painting work is happening in my classroom because I don’t have preschool on Mondays so my room is the only one free to support a messy class activity.  In between my regular Monday record keeping and contacts, I took a few pictures of the students working. The first classes to paint today were a first grade and a third grade.  The artist demonstrates the project in a small tight circle so every one can see and hear about what they will be doing.  The students get to choose whether they want to draw their own picture freehand or trace a picture.  They mix their own paints and do all the work themselves.  In fact, the artist was wishing the adults helping out would back off a bit!

There were students of every ability creating today – proud and successful – not even caring that they missed recess!

I’m sure there will be a part 2, 3 and 4 of this project.  My class is painting on Wednesday!


7 responses to “all school project – part 1

  1. jeeyoung says:

    That sounds like such an amazing idea! I’m sure the artwork will look great!

  2. Stacey says:

    As I read the first paragraph I started thinking, “I hope she’ll post some photos going-forward.” Then I scrolled down to see you already began posting some process photos. Awesome.

  3. Lynnelle says:

    What a great idea!! Love arts incorporated into the classroom!!!

  4. Strawberry says:

    I love the connection of book to art and to the larger school concept of Habit of Mind. Any time an outside professional comes into a classroom, it is a great learning experience, too. Wow! Lots to pull together, but it sounds as if their enthusiasm makes it all worth it.

  5. Tara says:

    I can see why they didn’t mind missing recess!

  6. blkdrama says:

    Great to see projects that leave test prep behind. It would be cool to document this with some interviews. Great photos. BRAVO to creativity!

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