Thursday, June 12, 2008

School's out for summer -- almost

The tradition of writing on the board continues. Ever since the day I let my students draw flowers on the chalkboard around the date, they've raced to decorate the board every morning. The style morphed from flowers to animals, and some days they get so excited that we end up having three suns. New planet with a tri-solar system, perhaps? There's a lot of creativity in their fourth grade minds, so I wouldn't discount it. But more than likely, three kids wanted to draw the sun and none would give in to the others.

I enjoy watching their creativity. This one went up on a muggy, drizzly day. The blurry writing in the middle states, "Rain, rain, go away!" Earlier in the day it said, "Rian, rian, go away!" until someone more astute took eraser in hand and played editor.

I can only wonder what would happen if I let them use (gasp) colored chalk. Maybe.... oh, this wasn't fourth grade artists. This was the work of La Petite, age 21, art minor.


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Blogger MRMacrum said...

Cool. Child drawn images always focus on the same things no matter when they were drawn. That board could be one from 100 years ago and the same images would be there. Kids keep their vision simple and direct. Their artwork reflects it. Too bad when we grow up most of us lose this ability of simple and direct vision. We become animals of degrees and nuance.

6/12/2008 6:50 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Wow. Very nice. Very very nice.

6/12/2008 8:32 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I bet those kids would get such a kick out of the rabbit pic on the chalk board. Its too pretty to erase. Hope you can keep it up there the whole summer and show the incoming kids in the fall.

6/12/2008 11:10 AM  
Blogger Lynn - the piggy bank painter said...

Ooooh, I love them both! Cute evil bunny...he can eat your mom's flowers as long as he doesn't eat mine.

6/12/2008 8:22 PM  

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