USA Today had a upcoming artist spotlighted on their website a while back and another teacher had to share them with me... I fell in Love! If you haven't done so, check out Ben Heine
and the cool drawings he does in his Pencil vs. Camera artwork.
Today my 6th graders started a lesson based on his artwork. We talked about how cameras capture the world "just the way it is" and how our pencils can capture the world "how we want it to be." Before they could start their work they had to complete a worksheet where they practiced their pencil skills.
So far so good.... can't wait to see what happens next week when we start the actual project. I am also excited to use up a stack of calendars I have had for years as the backgrounds.