Making a difference through our chosen medium – be it art making, story telling, dancing, or singing, is a creator’s challenge.
One young girl’s work in an ABC classroom stood out. Her classmates did the usual soccer, fairy tale books and pet stories. But her book was a square jail cell covered with a dark veil material. A child stood on the outside of the box “cell” and under the veil stood a figure of a man. All the materials were dark colors and conveyed deep sadness. Her father was in prison and the sadness of that in her life was the point she was making.
How can we help our students to think about words and materials that speak to “difference making” in their art work and writing?