Thursday, November 6, 2014

Every Artist Live

Our first big event of the year, was participating in Every Artist Live. This year's theme was "My Favorite Story". I enlisted our school librarian for this endeavor and we worked together to have every student in our school create a page that illustrated their favorite book. This worked in to our librarian's theme of "School-Wide Read Aloud", so we knocked out 2 events at once. 

We divided up our 40 classes and each of us did a quick brainstorm session with the students, where a list was generated of the students' favorite books. Then each student chose their favorite book and created an illustration to show this book. We made iPads, tablets and Netbooks available, in case the students needed help finding visuals for the books (especially true for the novels that the 4th and 5th graders were reading). They were given the choice of coloring their illustrations with crayons, color sticks, oil pastels or markers.

I won't put up all of the pictures here (we had 800 of them), but here is the link to our gallery on Every Artist Live:

Added note: since we have over 800 students at our school, logistically, it would have been impossible to get all of this artwork created, photographed and uploaded on the actual Every Artist day of October 23. We began working on this at the beginning of September and got the artwork photographed as it was completed.

A couple of days before the official event, Brendan O'Connell, the founder of Every Artist, was in Houston filming a spot for our morning news at a local school. He was able to come by my school and we had a wonderful visit. I look forward to working with him and his team again next year!
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