As part of the Residency, the hosting teacher is required to work through the process before the students. After I met with Shaun to discuss possible ways of completing my project, I began by exploring the elements and principles of art using the Frayer model of vocabulary expansion. This gave me a basic idea of what I was working with and/or toward. My next step was to play with my tools a bit. I spent an evening sketching the different members of my family - faces, feet, hands and personal items. The next morning I found a picture of Barbara Kingsolver - a favorite writer of mine. The Xerox machine at school was used to transfer this photo onto a transparency, which I then projected onto my drawing board and traced with pencil. Next, I quartered the picture - one quarter remained a simple pencil sketch, another showed a bit of development as a pen sketch, a third (which I'm on now) will be a more detailed pen sketch, and the four quarter will use color. The intention of the quartered picuture was to show the four major steps in the project.
I have the picture set up in the classroom and work on it a bit each hour or between classes. The kids seem interested - naturally, some more than others. Over all there are a lot of positive interactions around/about the art. It's definitely reassuring.