Invisibles Collection – Compelling Images

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  1. This is such a great idea. Just starting the school year, but I’ll be posting mine for sure. I’m also going to be posting our stories on my website so the parents can see what we do in class that way. Starting OWI for first characters next week.

  2. Ben,
    I’m telling you I would give anything for a kid who could actually draw in any of my 6 Spanish 1 classes. We did OWI in all 6 classes this week, the drawings are terrible. Nobody wants to be an artist. I’m hoping that after we review the artwork in class tomorrow somebody steps up.

    1. I was just thinking about how important the art is so this is a serious problem! However knowing kids I bet there are some serious artist types lurking out there or at least kids who could draw compelling stick figures! Some artists are just gifted at visually representing information, not classic artists who draw detailed stuff. In fact, more comic or cartoon style drawings usually work best for me. So this is not like you got to have a Rembrandt. I could be wrong but in every class I have ever had, there are kids who like drawing or sketching.

      I would start making the artist job really attractive. Kathrin from Germany (Hey Kathrin!) really made me think this summer in Agen about introverts and the artistic personality. Also I was a really shy kid (if you know me now that can be shocking but it is true. I was really really quiet until I was about 15) and a daydreamy bookworm artist kid myself. In fact, in the fifth grade talent show, in which participation was required, I just went on stage with a stack of drawings and showed them to the class, one by one, with little else in the way of entertainment. 😉 So, I agree with Kathrin’s assessment of many artists’ not being the lovers of the spotlight.

      I think I would try make it irresistible to the kids. Because the art in your room is that important. All hands on deck!

      First, I would use two artists at the time so kids realize that they can work with a friend in that job (Ben suggested last year that we use two artists and I think it is the way to go as one an draw the lines and the other can fill in colors). Kids love the special ability to whisper together (if they do that too much or off task though they will be fired, so the whispering is actually minimal) and work in pairs. And in my class the artist jobs are the only ones that let them do that so that is coveted)

      Do you have an easel? An easel and big chart paper might help the artists in class step it up. I would get a comfy chair for the artists, even if it is a school-issue chair with a Goodwill cushion tied to it, and an easel (My pal Lanny just got one for $20 at Ikea) and Mr. Sketch markers (kids love them cause they are scented).

      1. Thank you for giving a detailed explanation of this Tina. I struggled with artwork last year. Either kids didn’t give me anything compelling, or they took all day to draw their figures because they were perfectionists. I think we talked at iFLT about giving them a set of minutes to complete it? I also used 2 kids as the artist for the story drawings. I used the 6 frame template that Ben shared with us and had 2 kids filling in the frames, but I never thought of having one draw lines and the other fill in. I think that will cut down on the problem I had of them not catching details of the story because they were both struggling to draw the way they each wanted instead of collaborating.

        I do not have an easel, but I have created a blank spot in the back of my room (so the rest of the class is not focusing on the artwork) and I am going to use big Command hooks to hang my poster sized Post-It packs. I’ll keep all of the drawing/coloring supplies right there and am looking for a stool that I can put there as well. I would love to find a beret to make them wear, just to get them in the spirit of it! 😉

        I’ll be sending in pics shortly! Kiddos arrive Tuesday!

  3. I just started school last week and we started with CWB. I gave them some extra time to make their name tag because that gave me an idea, who in my class can draw and I already have some candidates in mind for the artists in my classes. I think that it can be very helpful to know ahead of time and maybe even approach quiet students before class with “hey, I could really use your help…” showing them your awesome little set up with markers and easel.

    Also, some of them put on the name card that they like drawing, so there is that info to go by. The easel will definitely help, as it makes the artist “disappear” which can take the pressure off and in the end the art does the talking. I am in 4 different classrooms this year and have switched rooms with other ES teachers, just to get the rooms in each grade that have flipboards. 😉

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