Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Finish the Picture Art Project

Back in this post I shared the ideas for helping kids see God at work in their lives through reflective narrative writing.  My students wrote five narratives this year as part of that project, and also created a corresponding art project to illustrate their writing.  This is one of those five art projects, and it matched with this topic:
o   Writing God’s Story on Your Heart: Write about knowing that Jesus is a part of your life.  You have lots of choice with this topic!

First I gathered old magazines, textbooks, calendars, etc. that could be cut up.
Then I created a set of stencils for the students that were 4"x4".  I cut them out of sturdy cardboard.
I also made stencils that created a "blank" 4"x4" square for the students to actually be able to see what they would end up cutting out.
Each student cut out one picture that went along somehow with the theme of their essay.  It could be part of a picture, or a piece of a whole, or even just something in the background.

They then glued the square somewhere on a 9"x12" piece of drawing paper and had to finish the picture using other media (crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc.) of their choice.  Some of them worked to recreate what the rest of the actual original picture looked like, and some used the small square to create their own story. 

Here are a few examples:

St. Joan of Arc
Jesus teaching

Jesus gathering the little children to Himself

Moses and the 10 Commandments

Artwork inside a church during Mass

The Sermon on the Mount

The Resurrection

The Crucifixion

For more info and resources about our Write Your Story on My Heart project, click here: