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Imagining and Responding
Imagination is called into play with worthy questions and inspiration. Students need to have a vision of where they are going to begin and where they might go. They also have to be able to change course and receive new imaginings as they travel more deeply into their work; we learn much more from our surprises than from our achieved expectations. No one response is ever solely correct or final.
A third grader proudly displays his finished collage of a landscape at night.
“I like this collage - how I put the mountains together. I tried to find blue paper for the river but there was none left so I used mica.” - 3rd grade student
A third grader created a beautiful nighttime painting using bold brushstrokes and some fingerpainting. It became the centerfold of his book.
“I was just playing around one time and mixed up ALL the colors - and I got a painting of trees in a midnight sky.” - 3rd grade student
This student was pleasantly surprised by the results when she smeared up a painting she was unhappy with.
“I was going to paint a beach but I didn't like how it was turning out so I smeared it all together. I liked how it looked so I kept it and it ended up being my favorite.” - 10th grade student
Students are encouraged to get creative with the materials provided, but this student went above and beyond, using glue to add shine to her work.
“I like the way I did the mountains in this picture. I put glue on the front too and it made it a little shiny.” - 3rd grade student
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