Saturday, February 28, 2015

Teaching Imagination and Story-Telling through Art

Reading the book "A Nightmare in My Closet" by Mercer Mayer brings up lots of emotions in children.

Talking to them about how the story makes them feel, scared or not scared and how they deal with being scared can lead to some great conversations and even better stories. I used this art lesson to stimulate their imaginations and to create suspenseful stories about the nightmares in their closets! What a fun and valuable lesson!

Here are the basics:
Here is a shortened version of the process:

Read or play the video of the book "A Nightmare in My Closet" by Mercer Mayer. Lead a discussion about how the books makes the children feel. Have they ever felt scared and hidden under their covers? What do they imagine their nightmare looks like? Students blow paint into a nightmare-like shape. They will create their closet doors from construction paper and chalk and add details to their monsters with Sharpie marker. Next students will sit in a circle and share the story of the nightmare in their closets! Teacher should facilitate the story-telling by commenting when students share good detail, interesting word choices and suspenseful stories. This helps inform the children who follow on how to add details and suspense into their own story. So much fun!

Here are some students working on their nightmares:

Blowing Paint: 

Create and glue on your doors:


Open them and there's your nightmare!

Final Student Work:

My students really enjoyed this project from the blowing of the paint, to the wonderful stories about thei nightmares in their closets.

Have fun with this one! Sabrina, A Space to Create!

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