Sunday, 24 February 2013

Eric Carle Inspiration Boards

Eric Carle Inspiration Boards
"BIG IDEA:[V1] Demonstrate an awareness of themselves as artists through engaging in activities in visual arts.{V1.1}
[V2] Demonstrate basic knowledge and skills gained through exposure to visual arts and activities in visual art. {V2.1, V2.2.}
[V5] Communicate their ideas through various visual art forms. {V5.1}"

This week clay has been a "go to" material for our students. Touching base on "abstract art" and the variety of ways that you can represent "your story." It was brought to our attention that "in a book a cat can be blue and a tree can have blue in it too." Expanding their horizons with a variety of possibilities and no limitations has granted us a group of 
comfortable, creative and confident thinkers. 
Not hesitating to step out of the box and to "try" something new.
With no direct instruction, direction or intention; it all began to evolve with their interest in communicating and representing their idea. As they looked through the pages, a conversation developed about the cat and what it was feeling. White boards were added to the table ("pages" is how they were described) as well as mixed clay. Using the white boards as their canvas they began creating. Watching this story unfold, adding detail and reason behind the building was so meaningful.  
 Creativity is contagious! 
The clay creations inspired others around them to create and construct; other stories became involved. 
"A House for a Hermit Crab," found it's way to the clay table. 
A crab popped out of the works of clay. 
"Backgrounds" were needed to support the character that was created. Their understanding of what was needed to complete a story was extremely interesting. How astonishing it was (to me) that having exposure to reading books on a daily basis, discussing the detail and meaning behind the illustrations; has truly built the framework of their understanding of a "story." 

Our story board. 
When a child is given the freedom to explore and create; it designates a sense of ownership. 
Once ownership is established, the child takes pride and has the confidence to describe, discuss and display! 
What a great to watch your students shine!

Resource: "Big Ideas" referenced from the Full Day Early Learning Kindergarten Program-Document

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