Project Description

In this residency, students will experience how integrating artmaking processes into the language arts can support reflection and understanding of the characters, settings, and themes in their favorite stories.

This project is based on meaningful children’s literature, “Frederick” by Leo Lionni. When the community of field mice run out of food and supplies Frederick saves the day by lifting everyone’s spirits with his colorful poetry about the changing seasons and the warm, plentiful days ahead. This story explores the nature of work and the importance of community.

Final Product
Utilizing printmaking, collage, and drawing, each student will create a multi-media, layered art piece depicting a scene from the story.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will build literacy and language skills.
  • Students will understand how to create multi-media artwork by layering mediums.
  • Students will learn several printmaking methods.
  • Students will learn how to neatly apply collage to their artwork.
  • Students can recognize and describe differences in textures that are touched and seen.

Suggested Grades

  • Best suited for grades K-3rd grades.

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 2 hours per classroom
  • Materials: $1.60 per student
  • Travel from Eugene

Why I teach:

I love teaching kids that they do not need to have any previous art experience or drawing ability to engage in the creative process and make amazing art!  I am also a Language Arts teacher so I love tying literature to art to bring further meaning and content to my projects. The focus of my teaching is to create process-driven projects that encourage kids to experiment with different art mediums, and mix it up to create one project. The best part is seeing the smile on their faces when I enter the room!” –Erika Wolf

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