We are big fans of Peter H. Reynolds. 🙂 We celebrated Dot Day a couple of weeks ago including singing the Dot Song by Emily Arrow, and we loved every minute of it! Today we had another great-ISH day as we read Ish and were then inspired to great some ISH art of our own!
This story is about a kid named Ramon, who LOVES to draw! He draws anything, everything, all the time and everywhere–including the bathroom. Until…his brother laughs at something he draws and Ramon decides he. Is. Done. Done painting. Done with trying and done with taking risks with his art. But then, Ramon’s sister, Marisol, shows him her wall in her room…covered by all of his paintings! They are wrinkly and crumbled but she thinks they are BEAUTIFUL! She convinces Ramon that he should keep trying and that making something that looks kind of like the thing you want (so fish-ish, vase-ish, house-ish, etc.) is perfect! He tries again and decides that he will indeed try again, take some risks and paint his feelings. :).
What a great message, right? I mean, who wants to feel pressure to be perfect, never making a mistake, ensuring that your work and your performance is always just right?? I sure don’t! And this book works so well into conversations we are always having about how making mistakes is a GOOD thing and how it’s OK if things aren’t perfect–you can always try again, making it better next time, Or the next time. 🙂
We decided it would be a great thing to create our own ISH paintings, and so kiddos chose something (anything!) and then followed these directions:
1.) Think and plan
2.) Draw with pencil first
3.) Color with watercolors, colored pencils or crayons
4.) Write on a notecard what your creation is, adding ‘ish’ to the end
Rm. 111 created such beautiful paintings! Most decided to paint (watercolors are a much-loved medium in our class!), but a few chose crayons, and a couple even used more than one of them. :). Everyone had to follow the directions that they were not finished until the WHOLE PAPER was filled up, and they traced their pencil lines with Sharpie to make their picture crisp.
This was the first project that I’ve gotten hung out in the hall (but it’s definitely not the first–I’ve got a huge pile I need to get to–and blog about, too!), and it has definitely made our hallway look so much more beautiful-ISH!! Enjoy!
I feel like I should explain that this started as our back-to-school bulletin board and is only half changed. It used to say Welcome to Our Family! Not sure what that word is now. 🙂
Thanks for reading!! 🙂