SchoolArts Magazine

February 2018

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SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 29 literally. "So, what materials would work for that?" It was exciting as a teacher just to have so many different problems to consider. Execution and Responses After the hard work of thinking was finished, fifth-graders' Community Service Announcements only took two classes to draw. It went by so quickly that it almost felt like a throwaway project. But when I hung the work up in a main thorough - fare of the school, the response was unprecedented. Students, parents, administrators, and visitors all had thoughts to share: "I've felt this way exactly." "Those are words to live by." "I think I can guess who drew each one." "You never know what kids are thinking." "We should The challenge was less about how to draw and more about how m students could translate their ideas into images. make these into real posters." "Chil- dren are so wise, aren't they?" Rama Hughes is an art teacher at Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles, California, and a contributing editor for SchoolArts. rama@ 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 Sara Perez. Avigile Gaines.

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