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The Story Blanket
Illustrating the Story Blanket
- Each student will use the segment of the story that they have re-written in their own words from Activity 2.1. Using their segment as the subject, each student will create an illustration for their group's story blanket.
- Have students plan or sketch their illustration in advance to make sure it includes the details of their part of the story.
- Students may use paper or cloth, but all finished illustrations should be the same size.
- Students can use a variety of artistic techniques, such as cartooning, collage, painting, etc.
- For a batik-style blanket square, students can:
- outline images in white glue and allow to dry;
- use fabric paint for cloth (or regular paint for paper) to fill in the glue outlines;
- wash fabric (if using cloth) to remove glue.
- For more illustration ideas, visit the Library and Archives Canada website on artists' books: Livres d'artistes.
- For continuity, use the same artistic technique for all the blanket squares (i.e., all sunsets might be made with strips of tissue paper, or use only black silhouettes for figures.)
- Students who have similar parts in the storyline may want to work cooperatively to ensure continuity of character size, placement, objects in setting, etc.
- Sew, glue, tape or hang story blanket squares together in the correct order to create a square or rectangular blanket. You may wish to use black paper to frame each image before assembling. If there are not enough blanket squares to create a complete blanket, you can fill in the missing space with an additional square (or squares) that provides the story's title or the names of the artists.
- Retell the story as a class, each student presenting their part.
Note: Please see Evaluation Tools to evaluate student participation.