ON SWAN LAKE

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Looking at a picture of a peaceful, elegant swan puts me in a pensive mood.  I’ve made a PowerPoint of works by an artist called Stuchie.  He is a minister who says art is artistic therapy for him.  I want to do this project with the 3rd grade, but the classroom doesn’t have the equipment to show the PowerPoint, so I picked out one picture to make an example and will have the kids make a swan picture.  We’re using oil pastels on black paper for this project.  Draw the swan on the black paper with  white oil pastel or chalk.  Or,—  I have included a rough sketch of a swan for anyone who wants a bit of help  making  a sample.  I colored the back of the sketch with white crayon and used a stylus (old ball point pen) to trace the swan on my black paper.  The PowerPoint takes about a minute to load.  The directions for this project, “Swan Lake,” can be found in the 3rd Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

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