Lower El Art with Jill

Hello Families of My Wonderful Chestnut, Olive, Walnut and Pine Students!

Week of March 30-April 3: Comic Strips

I hope you all had a good week last week. I know your teachers are working hard, and I’m sure you are too. I just want you all to know that I miss you all so much! What I wouldn’t give to be back in the ART room, making art, making messes, being able to talk with you, having the word of the day, and yes, even the curse of the ART room! But I hope you are taking care of yourselves and everyone around you. We all need extra hugs now! We also need to keep having fun and being creative! I hope you had some time to do some of the art activities that I posted last week. I know I sent out a big list, so please feel free to use it as a reference to use anytime. There will be an archive of all the lessons at the end of this page. Please know that these art projects are only suggestions. If you want to do them, GREAT. If you just aren’t feeling it, that’s okay too. Maybe something I suggest for you this week will spark your interest.

When we were in class studying the Medieval period, we made triptychs, a picture composed of three related images. Then, those students who finished quickly, had some time to start making a three-section comic strip. We talked about how in a comic strip there is a beginning and an end, going from left to right. We talked about how it is a way to tell a story. In our lives right now we are all going through a unique experience. Some of us might want to tell our story of how our lives are at this moment in time. What is your day like? What is your favorite part of your day? Do you and your family have new traditions during these days at home? Or maybe, you want to take your mind to a whole new and different place that you create in your imagination. What story would you like to tell about this different land? Maybe you want to make up some creatures, characters to tell your story. I would suggest looking up some comic strips online to get some ideas…or just for a laugh! My two boys always loved to read Calvin and Hobbes. Once you have an idea, start making your comic strip. Originally in class, our comic was made up of 3 cell, 3 rectangles. However, this is your unique story. Use as many cells as you need! In fact, if you want to have some variety, do a search for “comic strip blank page” on your computer and print up one that looks interesting! I want you to focus on the entire cell when you are putting your drawings inside. In other words, think about the background and use whatever materials you have (markers, colored pencils, crayons, etc.) to fill it ALL in with color! If you really enjoy doing this, you could combine all of your comics into a book. Have fun making a cover and naming your comic strip! I am very eager to see your stories! And do continue to make comics, not just this week! All of the projects I suggest can be done anytime and in any order! HAVE FUN!

Next week, I will see if I can present a project to move our Art History timeline onward!

Have a wonderful week and please feel free to send me images of whatever you create – I would love to see it!!

Jill Thompson


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