Posted by: keepingthemistakes | January 23, 2014

January 2014!

My January focus is on Diversity.  Celebrating our differences.  Getting along.  Our community has an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on the holiday, and I try to display my student’s diversity art there.  It’s always a struggle to get artwork done in time.  I only see kids once a week, which generally gives me two class periods before the program/exhibit.  Unless they’re sick, or there’s an all school assembly during their art time.  Or a fire drill.  Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the art we displayed.  I only did art for display with three grades, but all of them did work focusing on diversity.


They mixed their skin tone for the self portraits and then collaged the details.  This was 4th grade.



The MLK portrait was made several years ago by 4th graders.  It’s like a puzzle, they each painted a piece with three skin tones, not knowing what it was, and then we put it all together.  The rainbow/doves on the right side were made by 3rd grade and have some of Martin’s Big words on them (Peace, Love, Together, Dream, etc).  We watched the movie “Martin’s Big Words”.  There’s also a book.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThese are “My Dream” folders made by 2nd grade.  They have their handprints on the outside in two skin colors, and then inside they wrote or drew about their dream for a better world.  The one that made my heart melt was the one that says “My dream is for everyone to  be a foster family.  So no one will be left out.”  Wow.

Kindergarten and 1st grade read/watched the movie “Elmer” and drew and painted patterned elephants.

Older grades did projects more focused on cooperation, and they are still working on those.  I did a really cool poetry/rap project with middle school.  I’ll write a whole post on that!!

Next up, Kansas Day sunflowers and SNOWmen!!!  I’m hoping that by drawing/painting/sculpting snow we can bring on a snow day or two.  What do you think?




  1. Having been a foster parent and knowing the implications of that dream, it melts my heart too, as does your entire diversity project, at all the grade levels. I wonder if art isn’t the best way to bring diversity home to the interior life of the artist. Thanks for what you do.

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