Grade 2 student illustrate and bind their personal storybooks

The Second Graders worked in their homeroom classes on creating storybooks — written, illustrated, and published by each student individually — based on the central idea that stories can be constructed, retold, and interpreted in different ways.

In art class, the students focused on how to communicate their stories visually through the illustrations which accompany the text on each page. By examining and reading a number of different storybooks, the students observed and discussed that there is a relationship between the pictures and words on a single page.  They also observed and came to understand that the illustrations can be greatly varied yet need enough detail to show the action, the important events of the story.

In this unit of study, the Second Grade art students focused on sharpening their powers of observation and on considering their audience when creating artwork. They began the visual aspect of their books by planning: creating storyboards with thumbnail sketches to show the basic progression of images.  And after many weeks of work writing & editing their stories (in their homeroom classes) and illustrating & hand-binding (in art class), the students published their books and held their book launch for parents on Friday April 25.

If you were not able to attend the Breakfast Book Launch, ask a Grade 2 student to see his or her storybook. They are fantastic: very personal and unlike any stories you’ve read before!

 

2nd Graders complete (and launch) their storybooks

A final post for the 2nd graders here — to announce that after long, arduous, and impressive work, the young authors & illustrators have completed their storybooks and held their book launch for parents.

See the images of the children at work illustrating and binding (as well as some of their favorite pages) below — and previous posts here and here — to get an idea of what went into this massive project. And if you haven’t read any of their stories, find a second grader today and ask!

2nd Graders near completion of their illustrated storybooks

After many weeks of work writing and editing their stories in their homeroom classes and illustrating in art class, the Second Graders near completion of their personal storybooks — written, illustrated, and published by each student individually — based on the central idea that stories can be constructed, retold, and interpreted in different ways.

In art class, the students have been focusing on how to communicate their stories visually through the illustrations which accompany the text on each page. By examining and reading a number of different storybooks, the students observe and discuss that there is a relationship between the pictures and words on a single page. They also observe and come to understand that the illustrations can be greatly varied yet need enough detail to show the action, the important events of the story. Many students are now binding their books: some with staples, some with glue, others with needle and thread.

Here are some images of these young author-illustrators at work:

2nd Grade completes their “Passion” books

After several weeks of focusing on the visual depiction of their favorite things, the second graders have finished the construction of their books as of this week. The objective of this drawing and bookmaking project was to understand that people can communicate visually: the students sought to express a personal passion and to communicate this passion in a book without words, only images.

The students began by sketching as a method of making notes of their thoughts about the things they like and like to do. Through discussion and describing these images, the students determined what pictures best convey what they are passionate about. Having chosen their images, the children drew them realistically (either from memory or via downloaded images from the laptops); then added critical details to their drawings; inked the pictures; cut & glued them into their folded pages; and finally, constructed the front and back covers by carefully wrapping the hardcover boards with a selection of printed Japanese paper.

See our young, passionate bookmakers in progress below…

Here is the video the students watched to learn how to wrap their two covers with the Japanese paper:

2nd Grade creates books: communicating one’s passion visually — without words

Having completed their three-dimensional clay sculptural portraits, the 2nd graders have moved on to a different type of construction: the creation of small books. The objective of this project is two-fold: to express a personal passion and to communicate this passion in a book with no words, only images.

The students have used sketching as a method of making notes of their thoughts. Through discussion and describing their images, the students begin to hone their choices as to what pictures best convey what they are passionate about. Once they’ve chosed their images, the children are challenged to draw them so that they are recognizable; in some cases they must add critical details to their drawings in order to make the audience aware of their imagery. Students collaborate and give one another feedback so as to reach a visual clarity in their artwork.

Once the images are drawn in pencil and then traced in black ink, the assembly of the book and covers will begin.

Here’s the video the students watched to help them begin to construct their books: