Some of us are projecting up the work of the artist during class, as per Claire here about a week ago:
My class artist … [is] super fast at drawing and very skilled. Students give her directions in French real-time as she’s drawing it….
With my ELLs, we do this routinely (even for classes without storytelling) and it takes pressure off. Even kids have been silent all year start “dictating”/directing the artist on what to draw and how. They really get into it.

I would love to hear from others who are also projecting the artwork as it is being created during the story. Is it working? I haven’t tried it bc my projector has been on the fritz but it seems to me an excellent, almost supernatural way to bring focus and many more repetitions to the story.
Two other things the artist does to make sure that she has the story right (for final drawing of the story before she sends it to me) are:
1. She uses the iPad to record my voice as I ask the story. (This gets into some deep listening by the artist.)
2. She takes a pic of what the story writer wrote to check facts.



2 thoughts on “Artist”

  1. This might work better with students with a little language under their belt. (If fact, I originally adapted it for use with my intermediate/advanced ELLs.)
    Before attempting this, I used the bail out move from the post below to prepare them with the words they might need like “draw” “bigger” “smaller” etc. Then, I always make sure to have circled the words for the story really well, so the class had some language to use.
    I also loved Eric’s suggestion on this post of having different kids come up and draw different elements, but I only use volunteers because some people (myself included) HATE drawing and could be embarrassed.
    I use it for the whole story, but if you find it’s too tricky/distracting, maybe try just using this as you create the setting (perhaps like scenery/ a backdrop with the actors in front.)

  2. Claire do you find that projecting the image being drawn by your artist distracts from the lesson? I guess the artist would have to folllow Rule #8 like the actors, drawing while synchronized with your words. Is that true? I would love to make the artist’s work projected in real time happen, and I haven’t tried it yet, but I see the kids focusing on the art work and not the story. Comments?

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