Signs of Success:
Describe their eyes.
Describe their hair.
Describe their favourite thing to do.
Describe what they are good at.
Describe their favorite food.
Explain why you love your mum and dad.
The students needed to think of descriptive vocabulary ie: two adjectives for the eyes and hair. For example: long blonde hair; sparkly blue eyes.
The cutest thing about asking students these questions is that they are so honest. Some of the funniest things were said. We talked about how using description and personal voice entertains an audience.
After the students recited their ideas to me, I wrote these down and printed out the poem. This was to be glued underneath their mum and dad portraits.
We first planned our drawing with pencil and changed it until we met the Signs of Success which were: the face needed to fill the paper, there needed to be lips, a nose, ears, hair, eye brows, eyelashes and a neck.
After the initial drawing, we went over the lines with a sharpie. This helped to make our art ‘stand out.’
We used water colour pencils to colour in our mums and dads features. Then we applied a wet paint brush on to the pencil drawing. This created the effect of water colour painting.
This whole process took approximately 2 weeks to complete. The students took pride in their work and we talked alot about ‘taking our time’ and ‘using our excellence.’
We practised reading our poems and remembered to use a strong voice so that the audience could hear us clearly.
The end products were fantastic and the children were very proud of their accomplishments.
A couple of students entered the Poem competition which was held in our school hall. These students were awarded first and third which was very exciting for them.
Keywords: water colour, portraits, poems, mum and dad, adjectives.Curriculum links: The Arts - Visual Art - Developing Ideas/Communicating and Interpreting. English - Speaking/Presenting.