We may be busy at our InterAct Summit this week, but we’re also celebrating the Week of the Young Child hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Each day has a theme and Thursday is Artsy Thursday. Artsy Thursday asks you to think, problem solve, and create.
Two wonderful, wordless, picture books come to mind for this. Journey, by Aaron Becker and Chalk, by Bill Thompson. It’s amazing how removing the words focuses you on the art and encourages you to tell your own story. Below I’ll break down the story and an artsy activity that could go with it.
Written and illustrated by Aaron Becker, Journey (see preview here) is the beautiful story of lonely girl who uses a red crayon to draw her way into magical adventures that eventually lead her to a friend. The incredible drawings prompt so many thoughts and questions, you barely have to plan ahead. But with a little planning, there are so many ways to bring in Concept development, Quality of Feedback, and Language Modeling.
After the story, it’s time to get artsy! Make a plan- where would you go if you could draw your own imaginary dream? Using paint, markers, crayons, or really anything, have students plan and then create their dream scene. For older students, they could predict what the next scene in the book may be, then draw and write about that.
Chalk is the story of three children who find a bag of chalk at the playground on a rainy day and soon realize their drawings have come to life! Because this picture book has no words, it’s perfect for bringing in concept development and language modeling. Students can predict, compare, discuss, and summarize the story with no chance of being wrong!
And then it’s time for students to create! First, make a plan. What would you draw with magical chalk? Then head outside or use construction paper or chalk boards to allow student to create their own drawing and imagine it coming to life. With older students, you could incorporate a writing component as well.
Don’t have either picture book? Eric Carle books are great for inspiring collage art. Put out cut out shapes, ripped up construction paper, old wrapping paper, and glue and let students make their own creations.
Remember, the goal is process over product, so just get creating!
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