In cartooning, character design interests me the most. When I work on my illustrations, I create unique characters first and then design the background, compositions, and other aspects of illustration. Today, I wanted to share the excitement of character design to the campers at Art Yowza!
I provided a paper with an adjective (jumpy, musical, adventurous, colorful etc.) to each camper. Then, instructed the children to create characters based on the assigned adjective. I was successful at choosing the words that were interesting to children, but I’ve learned the importance of giving specific instructions to provide more structure. Overall, the campers designed unique characters. To name a few, there were guinea pigs with super powers for word “smart” and a creature with four legs for word “jumpy”. Then I taught them to draw Art Yowza characters, “Rock and Roll Monster” and “Elastic Cat”. Both characters are creations of campers from previous weeks.
I loved Rebecca’s idea to use photo albums to create character books. Basically, the campers drew on the photograph sized paper and insert their works in the photo album pockets. After drawing Art Yowza characters, they designed more characters and added to the collections.
I definitely learned a lot today — it was my first day giving a lesson! Today was challenging, but exciting since I’m one big step closer to my goal of becoming an art teacher! In the first week, Rebecca advised me to find my teaching style, and I’ve been thinking about that lately. Clearly, I can’t be a teacher who crack jokes, make kids laugh and get their attention that way, but I am skilled at illustration and I can visually communicate with them. I can create more visual aides and provide demonstrations, and make my expectation clear by using my illustration skill! Let’s see how I do next time.
Ingredients for effective lessons.
Techniques to Scaffold Learning in the Elementary Classroom
This is a quick sketch inspired by Puppet Parade Week.
Most of the characters here are creations of the children participated in Puppet Parade.
I might finish it with watercolor and colored pencil this weekend.
Puppet Parade 3rd Day, Wednesday June 23rd
Today’s art is exciting and challenging. It’s paper-mâché! Rebecca prepared paper medium by combining water and Cellclay, and mixing them together. Basically, Cellclay is like wet clay that the children can easily mold without using any tool. They put the paper medium on the basic structure made out of rolled up newspaper and a paper towel roll. As Rebecca predicted, some children didn’t like the texture of the paper medium. Interesting to see that when one child start complaining about the paper-mâché, others who sit close to him/her start grumbling as well. I tried to encourage the child to keep working on the paper-mâché. I wonder what should I do next time if a child don’t want to work on a given project.