As colorful leaves flutter gracefully towards the ground, each one holds a secret: it is inhabited by an imaginary world. Second graders imagined creatures, towns, cities, and dream-like events occupying falling leaves.
First, children brought in leaves, and we observed their free-form shapes found in nature. These leaves made great stencils as students sprayed around them using spray bottles filled with watercolors. While the artwork dried, we read the book Freefall by David Weisner which shows many imaginary happenings of a boy's dreams.
The next week, students created magical, dream-like worlds using markers and oil pastels.
|"Flying rugs in the snow. The rugs are shaped like leaves."|
|Upside-Down Zebra Land|
|Flying Dog Land (with bridges between leaves)|