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Thursday, March 31, 2016

THINK DIFFERENT Challenge Month at Y.E.S.

March was THINK DIFFERENT Challenge month at the Y.E.S. Art Studio

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd and in homage to the Apple advertising campaign of the same name ( Think Different) I spent the month of March  challenging kids to see and think a wee bit differently about the art they make. 

We started the month with all grades creating fabulous " scranimals" currently on view throughout the school. A scranimal is basically a scrambled animal, made up of the head of one animal, the body of another and sometimes even legs and wings and tails of another. The lesson was inspired by the book Scranimals by Jack Pretlusky and illustrated by Peter Sis, and started shared with me by a former student teacher. Through the years I have found it so empowering and foundational that I keep fine tuning it and teaching it each year. 
Kids all had a blast. We kept the palette limited to black and red, like Seuss's early books that were limited due to the high cost of color printing. But we found that keeping a limited palette that we could use color strategically to create emphasis.
Here is a slide show of some Scranimals by 3rd and 4th graders. The whole school did them and these are just a small sampling but so fun.  Your child's drawing will be going home later in the year.

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