Sunday, March 11, 2012

Painting without hands

About this time of year I get sick of the complaining about what we are doing, how we are doing it and why are we doing it.  I call it 3rd quarteritis also known as L -A- Z -Y disease.  And it is a contagious disease that even affects my 3rd graders.

So to show them that they need to be appreciative of what they have I have them draw anything they want on a piece of paper.  I then hand out watercolor paints and tell them to load the brush, put the end of the brush in their mouth and paint their picture.  You should see the looks on their faces when I give the last instruction, and after a moment of complaint they usually get into it.

After about 10 minutes of them painting this way I pull up pictures that have been painted by other handicap artists and tell them to be greatful for what they have.

I didn't take pictures of the end results, they are never very good, but I did take pictures of the painting process which is alot more fun anyways.

I wish I could tell you that the room is quiet while they do this, but somehow they still manage to talk with a paintbrush in their mouth.  They truly are magicians.

1 comment:

  1. I was getting ready to say your room must have been quiet until I saw the last line of your post! :)
    My students are just getting louder and louder this time of year. They seem to quit listening and think they know better than me when it's time to clean up.