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Welcome to the 2020/2021 school year and a whole new way of doing art!  My name is Paula Russell and I teach Talented Art at five elementary schools in our district. I am excited to share this time of change with my students and their parents. My art students are more creative and flexible than most people know! I truly believe that this year will be our time to shine!

  

I will have a large number of students attending school in person, this year, and almost as many attending virtually.  Either way, our time together will be spent learning, sharing and creating.  We will learn about different types, methods, and historical periods of art, as we make art that uplifts the artists and the people with whom they share their creations. 

 

Here are the different digital platforms and methods of communication we will be using.

 

FOR IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL STUDENTS

 

  • Most of you are already in one of my Remind groups. If you have never received a Remind message from me please e-mail me at paula.russell@mcschools.net. a current phone number and I will invite you to join. This is very important and all our communication depends on this step.
  • One tool we will all use is Google Classroom. This is where I will post our weekly lesson plans.  Here are the classroom codes for Talented Art:
    •    LEXINGTON and BERG JONES 1st and 2nd Grade:  voodmkd 
    •    BERG JONES 4th and 5th Grade:  6bjjxoc
    •    BERG JONES 6TH grade:  tttyn7l   
    •    CARVER 3rd and 4th Grade:  vtx2i5w
    •    CARVER 5th Grade:  5imfotu
    •    MINNIE RUFFIN 4th Grade:  rc3bxza
    •    MINNIE RUFFIN 5th Grade:  g3xcx6e
    •    SALLIE HUMBLE 5th Grade:  4w5pydi
  • If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at paula.russell@mcschools.net.  
  • Or call this school number - (318) 322-9753 and ask for my extension.  Leave a voice message if I am teaching.  
  • FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS ONLY
  • We will be using Zoom for our live virtual learning.  That link is easily accessed by going to the appropriate Google Classroom page and clicking on the link. 

I cannot wait to get started doing art with my wonderful students!  I have missed all of that creative energy and I look so forward to seeing you again, face to face or virtually, really soon!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lesson from the Spring Virtual Sessions

 

Illustrators, Bear Hunts, and a Quarantine

 

Let's talk about illustrators (artists who create pictures for books, magazines, etc.) An illustrator often works together with an author, especially in children's books, to tell the story with pictures while the author tells the story with words.  Sometimes one person can be both the author and the illustrator of a book. 

 

One influential illustrator of children's books is Helen Oxenbury.  Watch this animated video of her beautiful art in one of her most famous books, "Going On A Bear Hunt".  

 

 

The main idea of "Going On A Bear Hunt" is overcoming obstacles.  The dad and children run upon so many things that could have made them turn around and go home!  Even though going on a bear hunt was harder and scarier than they imagined, they kept on  going!  

 

We are going through something that is even harder than we had imagined in our world right now.  We are being quarantined (being kept separate from others and having movement restricted to prevent the spread of a contagious disease).  But if we imagine, with our artists' minds, that quarantine is kind of like "Going On A Bear Hunt" we might be able to get right through this crazy time!

 

So here is what I want you to do.  Look at the lyrics of "We're Going on A Bear Hunt" in the video. (click on the title right under the video to see the lyrics)  Change them to "We're Going into Quarantine".  Think of the obstacles you face-the things you can't do, the people you miss, the events that have been canceled.  Then remember how you have overcome these obstacles.  Think of new ways you might be able to "get through" the challenges of "Going into Quarantine".  Write them down, as a song or poem by filling in the blanks below.  Then using unlined paper, folded in half like a book, draw yourself, your family, your pets, as you might look meeting these challenges.  Each verse should have its own page.  Do as many as you would like, to tell your story of the Quarantine of 2020.  We will look at them together in our next Zoom class meeting.

 

 

We’re Going into Quarantine

 

Chorus

 

We’re going into quarantine.

 

It might last a long time!

 

What a beautiful day!

 

We’re not scared.

 

 

 

Verse 1

 

Uh-oh!

 

We can’t hang with friends!

 

No way, no how!

 

We can’t get over it.

 

We can’t get under it.

 

Oh no!

 

We’ve got to get through it!

 

 

 

___(think of some ways you can get through not seeing your friends in person, such as – telephone, Video Games, Zoom)_____________________

 

 

 

Chorus

 

We’re going into quarantine.

 

It might last a long time!

 

What a beautiful day!

 

We’re not scared.

 

 

 

Verse 2

 

Uh-oh!

 

We miss our family on a holiday!

 

So bad, so sad!

 

We can’t get over it.

 

We can’t get under it.

 

Oh no!

 

We’ve got to get through it!

 

 

 

___(think of some ways you can get through missing your family, such as – write and mail a letter, drive by their house and yell and wave Facetime)_____

 

 

 

Make up as many verses as you can.  Think of all the ways the quarantine is making your life different and ways you can deal with those differences.