Winter Scenes

“I got all my boyhood in vanilla winter waves around the kitchen stove.” – Jack Kerouac

Yesterday was March 1. Spring is just 17 days away. Yet, except for cold air, it hasn’t felt or looked very wintery around here. Fortunately, my fifth and sixth grade art students can create winter from memory and their imaginations.

Baby Yoda’s Christmas by Christopher Goodwin

My drawing is Baby Yoda’s Christmas. He is warm next to his campfire and has 3 big presents. He is enjoying his time by eating cookies. Baby Yoda is inside of a mouse hole for his house. I started out by drawing presents because at first I just wanted to fill my page with Christmas stuff. I wanted to draw Baby Yoda and ended up giving him a little home. I thought it would be funny to make him be in a mouse hole. I am extremely happy on how this came out and hope I draw this good in the future. If I did it again I would not change anything because I love it the way it is. – Christopher Goodwin

We started our third term on January 23. This is the day when the middle school students switch electives and I receive nine new classes. We always start by making folders to hold artwork and works in progress throughout our two terms together.

The folders are made by folding an 18″ x 24″ sheet of 60 lb. drawing paper in half to 12″ x 18″. Students then measure and draw a 10″ square, centered on the front page. This term’s theme or prompt was “Draw something winter” with the added instruction, “whatever that means to you”. As you’ll see below, the kids had no trouble coming up with winter memories and experiences and depicting them in colored pencil.

All of these artworks plus many, many more are on display on our online Artsonia gallery and each is accompanied by an artist statement like the one about Baby Yoda’s Christmas above. You can see them here: Winter Scenes

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