Friday, February 27, 2009
Meet the Artists
Hi, everyone. I thought I would write a quick post in reference to Colors of Us. I just wanted to answer your questions and thank you for your kind comments.
1. Yes, I am thinking about publishing the book. I'd really like for the parents to be able to have a quality copy to keep. I've already downloaded the Blurb software and made a plan for a more sophisticated version of the conversation pages. Scholastic has a program called Kids Are Authors. It is a competition, and the winners have the book printed by Scholastic and sold at school book fairs around the country. I'm checking into that, too.
2. What do you think? Would people be interested in purchasing the book from Blurb? It would cost $20.00 a copy plus shipping. That seems pretty steep for a paperback children's book. It also seems like a wonderful way to share this with my students' parents and grandparents, or whoever else might be interested. Does anyone have any alternative publishing suggestions?
3. Yes, I did teach them how to mix the paints for their hair and their skin. Most of the kids turned out darker than they really are. I wish I had pictures of the class holding their arms up to the paper plate that served as their palette.
4. As I was planning the book, I knew that I would have 18 different artists in one book. To make it look uniform, I limited the background and shirt colors to four options. Each student could choose from yellow, blue, red, or orange for the background. They could choose one of the three remaining colors for the shirt. If they wanted to add shirt details, the same color choices applied. I think it really worked.
5. We had a lesson on fractions, too. Thirds specifically. I taught the class to divide their oval into thirds before sketching the face. We drew the facial features on to the painted faces with light pencil lines. When they were right, we went over them in Sharpie. The whites of the eyes and the teeth are white paint. The paper is a little bigger than an 8 x10. Parents could use a standard mat and frame for it. I am hoping they will want to hang them at home in a place of honor.
6. Yes, all of the artists are seven or eight years old. Amazing, isn't it? I wish you could see how good the originals look hanging in the hall. I've never seen so many students stop and read a hall display. It makes me giddy.
The photo is a picture of my class. Can you guess which child matches each self-portrait?
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