I have two videos to share with you about drawing portraits! Both of these tie in with the portraits I drew of the young activists in NO VOICE TOO SMALL.
Watch my mini art class on visual storytelling in portraits, recommended for grades 3-8, This video is seven minutes long, and delves into a little bit of portraits in art history before introducing the #MeetTheArtist meme. I then walk you through how to create your own using my template or on a blank sheet of paper.
This second video is recommended for grades K-2, and is only three minutes long. Younger kids can watch me draw my own #MeetTheArtist cartoon self portrait, and then make their own!
Download the printable #MeetTheArtist drawing prompt page!
To meet the needs of teachers and students in 2020's constantly-changing school landscape, Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson and I have created a flexible school author visit package for NO VOICE TOO SMALL. We have built this on-demand (asynchronous) library of videos, suitable for classroom or at-home use.
Many of the poets who contributed to NO VOICE TOO SMALL have created mini writing workshop videos, some have also recorded themselves reading their poem. I have learned so much from watching these master craftspeople talk about their creative process, and I hope you and your students will as well.
Because schools and families are in unique situations in 2020, we have developed multiple ways for you to access and use these free, on-demand materials in your classroom, for distance learning, or homeschool classrooms at home.
On Demand Distance Learning Resources
Flipgrid Book Club
Check out our NO VOICE TOO SMALL Flipgrid Book Club, where readers can watch and respond to poetry reading and writing workshop videos with their own recordings and writings! For privacy, teachers can copy this module into their own classroom Flipgrid sites.
Click here to download the standards-aligned (K-4) Educational Activity Guide.
Links for Use in Google Classroom
If you prefer to embed links into your own Google Classroom documents, we have gathered the links to all of the Writing Workshops and Poetry Reading videos that are currently live on You Tube into one google doc. Click here for NO VOICE TOO SMALL Distance Learning Links.
Some kids absolutely love the freedom of playing with line, shape, and color without trying to make their art look like something realistic. Others may have a hard time letting go of the concrete, or of ways of drawing familiar shapes like hearts or stars that they have been taught.
This free, downloadable class introduces kids to some famous abstract artists, and to some of the basic elements of design: line, shape, and color. It includes a game and a simple, name-based painting project that makes abstract art and color theory accessible to elementary age kids (or preschoolers with a bit of help from an adult)
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Meet the OG Maker Alexander Calder and make your own circus or theater from craft supplies you find in your house! This free, downloadable/printable class is designed to be done semi-independently by kids. Adults may need to help set up the makerspace and be on hand if kids need help with the trickier parts of assembly, but kids under 10 should be able to do much of the project independently.
Download or print this offline class for free. Please credit my work and link to it here if you share.
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If your house is anything like mine, there is a lot of screen time going on right now. Screens for school, screens for work, screens for fun, screens because you are stuck inside while it is sleeting in April and there is nowhere to go. I wanted to share some ideas with you that I've created over years of teaching art to kids for ways to unplug and tap into the creative process. All of us can use these - even myself! After long days of working on digital illustration I can feel disconnected from the world. Some hands-on crafting reconnects me to the playful side of art making.
I've chosen to create these in pdf form instead of making a video because I feel overwhelmed by all of the (fantastic) educational videos and online events being created right now. Sometimes what we all need is to slow down, unplug, and do a home scavenger hunt through our recycling.
Feel free to download or print this first "class." Please credit my work and link to it here if you share.
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This is easily adaptable for the youngest of toddlers (think handprints!) through grade schoolers.
LOVE, MAMA inspired photo frame (v. 1)
1. Purchase unfinished wood heart frame from craft store. (About $1 each)