Following along with their unit on recycling, reusing, and waste — the central idea of which is that the choices people make as they buy and consume things can lead to the creation of waste — the third graders have been working in art class to create personalized comic strips. Each student’s strip reflects some aspect of their understanding about the effects of consumption, recycling, littering, or creating waste. Though most students are creating humorous comics, some are dramatic, others scary or true-to-life.
The 3rd graders wrote and sketched as methods of brainstorming ideas, developed simple story lines, created rough sketches in pencil, and are now completing final versions in pencil, ink, and colored pencil. The students are primarily focused on line, color, and balance in the development of their comic strip creations — aiming to make their images and words clear so that their audience understands their intent.
Here are some photos of the comic strips in progress and the students in action: