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May-June 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 35 Kylie Jackman, grade two. wood, or tin. Her paintings are depic- tions of life on the plantation and document her "memories" of every- day life, such as picking cotton and pecans, washing clothes, baptisms, and funerals. Her work became nota- ble and eventually was recognized for the Southern plantation history that it represents. Hunter produced art until nearly the end of her century-long life. Sharing Visual Stories I introduced my second-graders to Hunter's work through a book entitled Art from Her Heart by Kathy White- head and Shane Evans (G.P. Putnam, 2008). The story explains Hunter's background and her evolution as a painter. Her work includes no words, but visual stories are evident. I also introduced students to the concept of folk art. I described a folk artist as an artist with little or no formal training. We discussed the fact that Hunter painted because she loved it, whether she was trained or not. We also talked about the fact that Hunter was illiterate, but she communicated very well through the images in her artwork. Memory Pictures For the production activity, students illustrated their own "memories." I asked them to think about a special memory that they could share in a drawing. The memory could be a spe- cial trip, occasion, or just an event that brought them happiness. Students drew their memories in pencil on white drawing paper, then used crayons, markers, or colored pencils to add color to their composi- tions. Details were added using black felt-tip pens. As we looked critically at the artworks in progress, I encour- aged students to consider all the parts of the composition and be sure that it included many areas of interest. Finally, each student included a sen- tence or phrase describing his or her memory picture. Clementine Hunter was and is a wonderful role model for perseverance. She waited until she was in her fifties to paint, and despite her illiteracy, she still managed to communicate her sto- ries through her artwork. Beth Hubbert is an art teacher at Neblett Elementary School in Sherman, Texas. N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K www.folkartlife.com/articles/clemen- tinehunter.html Clementine Hunter was and is a wonderful role model for perseverance.

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