Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Artist in Residence Dingle Elementary

Leatherback Sea Turtle,  By: Xitlaly - 5th grade
I recently completed an Artist in Residence program at Dingle Elementary in Woodland, CA. I split 18 hours of class time between three classes of 5th graders over three weeks.

Using my endangered species book, "Through Endangered Eyes - a poetic journey into the wild" as an example, my goal was to create a book 
that the students would write and illustrate about California endangered species. 

Each student was assigned a different animal. I spent three hours with each class writing poetry. The poems were four line stanzas, which two lines rhymed. I devoted three hours with each class painting. We used my style of painting, a mosaic acrylic dot painting approach in front of a sponge painted background.

The results were surprising, fascinating and magical.

Here are a few of my favorite poems and paintings from the students.

Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard (Endangered)
By: Anyeli C. (5th grade)

I have the pattern of a leopard,
                              and my snout is flat.
      Yes, just like a leopard, but
                    of course I’m not a cat.

California Condor (Endangered)
By: Mason T. (5th grade)

The California Condor
              has a bald head.
   California condors
          will eat stuff that’s dead.

California Red-Legged Frog (Threatened)
By: Jessie (4th grade)

You usually find me 
         in the Bay.
                  I use my eyes 
                          to track my prey.

Alameda Whipsnake, - By: Gerardo - 5th grade

California Clapper Rail, - By: Eli - 4th grade


Angelica R. Jackson said...

Thanks for sharing! Love to see what you do in your artist world.

Christina Mercer said...

These are all wonderful!! You and these kids are an inspiration ;-))

RAD - Dot Painter said...

thanks both of you for the support and taking the time to make comments!

:) Rachel