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English Language Arts Grade 1
Speaking and Listening Standard 5
Students will learn how colors can show emotions.
For each student:
If you would like to have your students write to Eric Carle, his address is: P.O. Box 485, Northampton, MA 01060.
Eric Carle is a famous children’s author/illustrator. He was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929. When he was six years old, he moved to Germany, attended and graduated from art school there. In 1952, he moved back to New York and worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times. He also worked as the art director of an advertising agency for many years. One day, author Bill Martin Jr., asked Eric Carle to illustrate a story he had written. The story was Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This was the beginning of Eric Carle’s new career. He has written and illustrated many books, including 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly, and The Very Quiet Cricket. He uses collage illustrations that are a unique form of paper art. The Eric Carle: Picture Writer video demonstrates this technique. He writes his books for children with a theme in mind. On the video, Carle said,
“With many of my books I attempt to bridge the gap between the home and school. To me home represents, or should represent; warmth, security, toys, holding hands, being held. School is a strange and new place for a child. Will it be a happy place? There are new people, a teacher, classmates—will they be friendly? I believe the passage from home to school is the second biggest trauma of childhood; the first is, of course, being born. Indeed, in both cases we leave a place of warmth and protection for one that is unknown. The unknown often brings fear with it. In my books I try to counteract this fear, to replace it with a positive message. I believe that children are naturally creative and eager to learn. I want to show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.”
In order for students to understand the idea that colors show emotion, compare and contrast colors with mood and emotion (e.g., red-anger, yellow-glad, blue-sad, pink-loving, orange-worry, purple-silly, greenscared, brown-somber, black-mad, etc.).
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Show and discuss the art print Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh or other print you may have available. Ask students to think about the colors in the picture and tell how the picture makes them feel. Tape record the responses. The purpose is to assess student knowledge and ability to see an art print and interpret it in terms of their feelings.
Note: If you have questions about the legality of tape recording your students, consult your principal about FERPA guidelines.
Hint: Depending on how many students you have, it is highly suggested that you prepare the contact paper during a recess or lunch break.
Schiller, M. (1995). The Importance of Conversations about Art with Young Children. Visual Arts Research, 21, 31-40. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. 413252)
This research study uses the five developmental stages of Parson’s Theory in understanding art to help children look at, discuss, and create artwork. The five stages are: 1-favoritism, 2-beauty and realism, 3- expressiveness, 4-style and form, 5-automony. The study shows evidence that young children can enjoy and engage in meaningful discussions about artwork.