Category Archives: Creative Expression

Crocodali

Crocodali”

Crocodali is the most talented painter in the whole wide world. Readers help him to create a masterpiece by tilting, turning and shaking this book. Oops! Tilted too far. Now what?

Finally, a masterpiece.

Now blow to dry the paint.

Will a masterpiece be created or a mess?

This story promotes imagination, creative expression, and taking risks.

TITLE: Crocodali

AUTHOR: Lucy Volpin

ILLUSTRATOR: Lucy Volpin

PUBLISHER: Little Bee Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creative expression, taking risks

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) On a blank sheet of paper, paint blobs of watercolors, using watercolors. When the paint is dried, use a pen to outline where colors merge. What do shapes or images do your lines form? Use the line to create a picture.

2) Purposely make a mistake on your paper. Don’t erase it. Change your perspective and make your mistake a part of your picture or into something else.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lucy Volpin, visit:

https://nosycrow.com/contributors/lucy-volpin/

Niko Draws A Feeling

“Niko Draws A Feeling

Everywhere that Niko looks, he draws something that inspires him like the ring-a-ling of an ice cream truck and the hard work of a mother robin building her nest.

No one understands his drawings until one day a girl moves in next door and sees sadness in his drawing.

Niko draws her a picture and asks her, “What is this?” She answers, “It makes me feel like I made a new friend.”

This book promotes imagination, a different perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: Niko Draws A Feeling

AUTHOR: Bob Raczka

ILLUSTRATOR: Simone Shin

PUBLISHER: Carolrhoda, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, a different perspective, unique

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an emotion. Draw what that emotion feels like to you. Draw the opposite emotion of the emotion you picked.

2) Draw the surprise of a surprise party. Draw the joy of receiving a present.

3) Abstract Art is expression of emotion that uses only lines, colors, and shapes, no subject.

Make your own abstract art. Think of an emotion. Freely draw lines onto a blank sheet of paper. Fill in your picture with different colors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Bob Raczka, visit:

http://www.bobraczka.com/about/

To learn more about Simone Shin, visit:

http://simoneshin.com

Pocket Full of Colors

 

 

 

 

 

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire”

Mary Blair liked to collect colors. After attending art school, she was one of the first women to be hired by Walt Disney Studios. When Mary turned her work in, her ideas were rejected. She didn’t follow the black and white rules. But Walt Disney liked Mary’s art and invited her on a business trip to Brazil.

      In Brazil, Mary discovered vibrant colors.

This time some of Mary’s ideas were accepted but most were still too modern or abstract. Mary decided to leave her job.

Then one day Walt Disney asked Mary to work for him again. Mary did so with a request of her own – to be in charged. Mary designed the colorful ride, It’s A Small World.

This story promotes inventiveness, creativity, following one’s passion, taking risks, and creative person.

TITLE: Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

AUTHOR: Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville

ILLUSTRATOR: Brigette Barrrager

PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: inventiveness, creativity, following one’s passion, taking risks, creative person

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own version of a color wheel, using colors you find that interest you. Instead of using the color itself like a smudge or paint stroke of a color, find images or things that show that color and use these to create your unique color wheel.

2) Start a collection of colors. When you have collected five things that represent a single color or shade of color, assemble those objects together to create a work of art.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about authors Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville, visit:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/98912.Amy_Guglielmo

http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Jacqueline-Tourville/548773073

To learn more about illustrator Brigette Barrrager, visit:

http://brigetteb.com