Inspired by the Work of Peter Reynolds

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Do you know Peter Reynold’s picture books about creativity? The Dot and Ish are used by countless schools to inspire creativity and artistic expression. Ish is the story of a boy named Ramon who loves to draw: “Anytime, Anything. Anywhere.”  It’s all good until his older brother, Leon, laughs at one of Ramon’s pictures. After that, Ramon begins to throw his pictures away – unaware that his sister has been collecting his “trash” and displaying his artwork.  It’s a wonderful story for the aspiring artist or any child who sometimes feel their work isn’t “right.”

The other day I was walking down one of our school corridors when I saw the most amazing exhibit. Our art teacher used Ish to inspire our 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. Here are the results:

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