Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beginning Our Alphabet Book Illustrations

We are currently studying different forms of Narrative Art across every grade level at Coonley.  
A few weeks ago (it has been a while since I have posted!), Kindergarteners and 1st graders began a project where each of them is illustrating a page in an alphabet book in the style of the illustrator Eric Carle. 

To begin the process, we looked at an illustration together that was projected on the wall.  The students shared their ideas about what alphabet letter was being illustrated by the image. Some suggestions were "P is for paper", "W is for women", "F is for letters flying all around".

This is the image we looked at together that was made by Brian Collier. 

Next, students were each assigned an alphabet letter, and they drew a picture for something that started with that letter.   There are so many fantastic drawings that came out of this envisioning session.

N is for Nightingales in a Nest

On the right you can see where Amaan and I brainstormed some "J" words together. 

 Next, students were given a large sheet of paper, and we talked about how they needed to draw their original sketch larger on the paper, so that the shapes in the drawing would be large enough for us to try and cut.  There were several different processes that Ms. Chisholm tried, in order to help the children draw larger than they were used to.  It was definitely a difficult concept for such young children.  Overall however, students did an amazing job drawing their original idea on a larger scale. 

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