Books + art = winning combination
Better yet, a poet laureate + talented artist = stunning picture book
The answer to the above equation is Change Sings, A Children’s Anthem.
I love this book so much it was a quick addition to #ClassroomBookADay The book provided a rich springboard for discussion. I informed students we all have the potential to be a change maker, even with something as simple as a smile can make the world a better place.
The next day, I followed up the read aloud with an art lesson. I started by rereading the book and pausing to show how the artist’s use of colour, shape, and line enhanced the story. We then set out to emulate the artist’s work.
White crayons, water colours or diluted food colouring, brushes, Sharpies, crayons, large sheets of heavy paper, pencil
1. Use white crayons to draw brick background.
2. Select bright colours to do the colour wash over the crayon. (I used diluted food colouring.)
3. Let dry overnight.
4. Use a pencil to write a word that you will do to be a force for change.
5. Colour in word with crayon then outline it in Sharpie.
6. Optional – use Sharpie to draw cracks on wall.