Friday, November 18, 2011

As Creative As a Paintbrush

Second graders have been writing similes to describe friends or family members in preparation for their portrait project. The art teacher and I collaborated to teach them about famous portraits and self-portraits, deciding finally that they could not bring in all the object they would need to adorn their paintings (as did Hanoch Piven in My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks). So, I taught them the necessary skill of clicking (right-clicking, to be exact) on an image to copy it and then pasting it into a Word document. They will cut out their objects and add them to the paintings.

They love my example (which looks like a second-grader's piece of art) about my teaching partner who is

as smart as a dictionary full of words (hair)
as flexible as a macaroni noodle (eyebrows)
as sweet as chocolate chip cookies (eyes)
as happy as a clam (nose)
as creative as a paintbrush (mouth)

Next I'll work on my principal's portrait!


  1. what an excellent exercise for the imagination. and such fun.

  2. I wish I could be in that art class! And I love how you teach computer skills along with the art teacher's lesson.