Thursday, September 29, 2011

Book Study: Out of the Dust Week 2 & Self Portrait Line Drawing with Watercolor

Week 2: Book Study Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Students should have completed Winter 1934 reading and assigned study guide pages 12-17 found in Progeny Press Study Guide.

Review and discuss completed questions from Progeny Press Study Guide.

Further Discussion:

Prior to class, teacher/group leader may research Cimarron County, Oklahoma.  This is the setting of the book.  Point out and explain demographics to students.  Note Cimarron County reached the height of population, 5,408 residents, in 1930.  Since 1930, Cimarron County's population has dwindled.  As of 2010 the county population is just a mere 2,475.  Discuss causes for this dramatic decrease.  Compare this to your area's population.  Has the population of your area increased or decreased since city/county's founding?  What factors contribute to population growth? 

Show students photo taken in Cimarron County in 1936.  This photo will give them a sobering visual of what some of the homes in the area might have been like.

While reading Winter 1934, we learned a lot about Billie Jo.  Ask students to describe Billie Jo and her life.  Some may describe her as: only child, piano player, her father wanted a son, living during dust bowl, hard worker, etc.  Have students think of words and phrases that would describe them. 

Have students make a self portrait with words describing their unique personality and characteristics.  Instructions follow.

Self Portrait Line Drawing with Watercolor
This project will take two sessions if class is only one hour long.

The idea for this week's supplementary art lesson comes from one of my new favorite art for children blogs.  It's called Art Projects for Kids and the creator posts fabulous art projects daily.  You can subscribe to her blog for emailed projects.  I've definitely been inspired and our kids are benefiting from her creativity!

For this project you need to purchase some nice watercolor paper and a nice set of watercolor paints.  I saved my 40% off coupons for Michaels and purchased the watercolors over a couple weeks.  I like the set we purchased because it has vibrant colors along with colors great for skin and hair options.

1)  Give each student a sheet of paper.  Our paper measured 12" x 9".  Have the kids draw a light line dividing the paper in half lengthwise and again in half widthwise.  This can be a challenge.  Show the kids to measure two points at 6" on the length of the paper.  Line the ruler up and draw the straight line.  Do the same at 4.5" for the width.

Paper with four quadrants

Beautiful Watercolors

2)  The paper should now have four equal quadrants.  Have students draw an oval outline designating their head.  I found that the top of the head should be at about the top 1/3 of the upper vertical line and the bottom should be at the bottom 1/3-1/2 of the bottom vertical line.  Next add neck and shoulders.

3)  We then started with the nose with light pencil.  The top of the nose is just to the right of the perpendicular intersection of the two lines.  The horizontal line should go right through the eyes.  Add the mouth.  I made mine smiling, but it's up to the kids how they want their self-portrait to appear.  Next add ears.  They're right at/below the horizontal line.  Add hair and other details like earrings, glasses, etc.

4)  Go over finished face with black Sharpie pen.  Erase vertical and horizontal lines along with any other pencil marks.

Remind kids not to use Sharpie to outline the top of the original head.  That line will be covered by hair.  We found we could white out an accidental Sharpie mistake.

See the one head in upper right corner accidentally had the head outlined.  We whited out the lines before painting on the hair.

Here we progress.

5)  Paint with watercolor.

Words describing Me

My Girlie

The Momma

The Girlie

My Brown-Eyed Boy

The Cool Hair

My Big Boy...who as of this week wears the same size shoes as his dad

This is a student in my class.  She was intimidated by the drawing process.

At the end of this project, I think she was proud of her work.  I was VERY proud of her!  Well Done!

Beautiful work!
Another completed project

My boys

My Girlie and Me
In addition to beginning the self-portraits, I printed out the Bible verses from this section for each student.  I encouraged them to memorize at least one of the verses.  I was happily surprised to learn there was one student who committed some of the scripture to memory.  The verses were:

Bible Verses: Out of the Dust Winter 1934

Proverbs 29:11

11 Fools give full vent to their rage,

but the wise bring calm in the end.

Romans 12:18

18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Ephesians 4:26-27

26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:31-32

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

James 1:19-20

Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Luke 21:1-4

The Widow’s Offering

1 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Until next lesson...Read On!

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