May 18, 2010


As they were leaving class, I told my 5th graders "Your art homework is to bring your backpack to our next class. Remind your friends." "Where are we going? What are we doing?" students asked. No time for questions the next class is waiting. 

Perfect, suspense and excitement make for a creative atmosphere. 

Next class, everyone had their backpacks. I asked students to put their backpacks in the middle of the table. I demonstrated by making a blind contour drawing of one of their backpacks. Everyone made a blind contour drawing (with only a little giggling this time) and finally these beautiful watercolors! I am so proud of my 5th graders. This was a long time coming! They are becoming so confident in their drawing skills. 

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