In addition to painting animals, I love to make images that inspire stories. I call this collection "CornDogArt"! We are all born with the ability to create and it is our responsibility as teachers to foster creative thinking in our students. Creativity increases children's ability to innovate, problem solve and think divergently. Use CornDogArt images and videos to jumpstart the creative writing process. Countless teachers and writing programs have used these images and videos to inspire
This is precisely what writers and artists do- they see what everyone else doesn't. For students to become better writers, mastering the art of observation is crucial. Using CornDogArt Images helps students to practice their observational skills in a fun, exciting way. They never know what they'll see until they start looking.
Interpretation is subjective. Every student who views an illustration has a unique experience. How one person interprets the mood, colors and details in the image is completely unique. Using CornDogArt images in this way teaches students to make inferences and think critically.
Create! I hope to inspire many to think about the possibilities in the work- what it means and what stories, in particular, can be written based on the details in the images. Comment- and share your stories!
When analyzing art, students must make inferences and decisions based on what they see and feel. One image may be interpreted in a myriad of ways, and that is a wonderful thing. When looking at a work of art with students, you may prompt a conversation by asking specific questions and/or playing devil's advocate. For example, one of my images, Looking Though the Keyhole, you may ask what the girl is feeling as she peers into the room. Follow up responses with clarifying questions are crucial: "Is she afraid, or determined? How do you know? What does she see on the other side of the door? What about the shadow? Who or what is it? Can you defend your answer?" Your objective should be to facilitate a lively debate among students. The concept that students have to 'defend their answer' relates to supporting details in their writing. If they are going to make statements, they have to back them up with specifics, and hopefully those specifics are based in logic and reason.
Look at all the possible writing prompts from these images!
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