Friday Two Cents: Media Literacy Inquiry


 

This week I had the opportunity to “Captain” a class for the first time in the sense of setting the curriculum for the students, in a kindergarten class, as a teacher. Last week I followed the plans the teacher had laid out but this week I was able to plan for the week. During the first week, I was able to observe the students and I discovered an area they were interested in; superheroes. From this information I was able to create a program to help the students explore this subject while helping them in other subject areas such as media literacy, language and art.

If we are doing heroes, I though why not start with one of the first stories based on a hero. Therefore I started the week by introducing them to a picture book called Hercules. It is based on the Disney movie version. It is about 100 pages so we read only a few pages a day and I had my special bookmark to help us remember where we left off. The students loved this story and every morning they would ask when are we reading the story of Hercules.
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Warm and cool colour art


I then helped them to start thinking of colours as warm and cool with an art project. They would create a sun in the sky, divide the paper by drawing two horizontal and two vertical wavy lines and then colour it with warm and cool colours (the sun warm and the sky cool).
We then explored the world of heroes and villains by using characters they were use to from the media. I told them media are things they see and hear from movies, television, radio, newspaper, magazines and the Internet. We focused on the characters from the Marvel, DC and Disney universes and they came up with a comparison chart of what makes a hero and villain. They came up with words such as good, happy, helpful, smiling and kind for the heroes and bad, evil, scary, fights, steals for the villains. I also asked them if they noticed the colour of the outfits each group wore. They came up with light or bright colours for heroes and dark colours for villains.

Media Anchor Chart

We than had group activities where they would create their own superhero. One day it was a male hero, on the second it was a female. We noticed that there were more male/boy characters then female/girl. I then had them talk amongst themselves to come up with a few female character names. They came up with a few and we wrote them on post-it notes and placed it on the chart.
We also explored the idea of violence in cartoons. I showed them the scene of Charlie Brown trying to kick the football but Lucy moves it at the last-minute and Charlie goes flying. It may look funny but I asked, ‘How to you think Charlie feels?’ I also showed them a scene from Peter Pan when Peter and Wendy meet the mermaids. They said that the mermaids look like the heroes but after they saw the video they said that they were mean for picking on Wendy, pulling her hair and getting her wet while Pan just laughed. Scenes like that may look innocent but I asked how do you think Wendy feels. They said the mermaids were bullying her and Peter should not have laughed. They were very aware and we had a little discussion about it.

The final project for the inquiry was to create their own hero or villain. I gave them a choice of a male or female character outline to create their own character. I reminded them about the colours they should use for their character to make them look like a hero or villain. The results were amazing to see.
We finished the media literacy inquiry with the final project but the students wanted to do more. I told them that I will have the chart up for them and we can use the iPads to help them explore more during the last week of school. We also finished the story of Hercules and as a bonus I would bring in the DVD of Disney’s Hercules for everyone to watch. They were all excited and could not wait for next week.
Next week is the last week of school and the students are engaged and excited to learn more. As a teacher and can’t think of a better compliment they could give me.

 

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Varcher


As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the past few weeks I posted the student’s original character, the villains and my version that I gave to them. Now its time for the heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 02 – Varcher

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew what they wanted. This was the first archer character I had seen from any student. I was not sure if he wanted to recreate the Hawk Eye character from The Avengers but he said no he wanted to create something with a bow and arrow.

I started his character similar to an assassin / Robin Hood character. I gave him a large trench coat and his clothes were coloured in an earth tone. His bow was very traditional made of wood or bone. I then finished it off with wavy hair.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it and he mentioned that it looked very similar to Robin Hood. I asked if that was ok, he said yes that was what he wanted. I hope you enjoy the second hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Varcher.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Shadow


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the past few weeks I posted the student’s original character, the villains and my version that I gave to them. Now its time for the heroes to make an appearance …

Hero 01 – Shadow

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet I was not sure where this student got their idea. I asked and I cot the impression that his character was very similar to a ninja. Therefore I created a lean figure that looked stealthy ready to transform into any form. I used the same colour theme as the student for that ninja look.

I showed the student his character and he was happy with it. I hope you enjoy the first hero character from Heroes VS. Villains – Shadow.

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Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Elelctra


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 08 – Elelctra

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew that she wanted to create something very unique. She wanted to make a character with wings but different then what we did in the class and from what the other students did.   I asked her, “What other wings could you use to fly?” and I had her look through my character guide of the Marvel universe characters.

She finally decided on bat like wings, something along the lines of a vampire. I showed her a few examples and she them came up with the style she liked. In the end her character looked very much like a winged vampire, with bat wings and dark hair.

I decided to draw the character in an action stance such as leaping up to take flight. I wanted to show her wings in that type of pose. I also wanted to show the long black hair she had drawn. The dress was simply modeled after the dress she had drawn.

The student handed in the character about a week early; therefore I had time to draw my version in my sketchbook while the class was still underway. During the next class she asked to see something in my book and she saw the character.   She asked me if this was her character but she had a smile from ear to ear when she did. When I said yes, I did not know how but the smile grew larger. She loved it and wanted it right away. I said I would give her a copy when everyone handed in their character, then I would give everyone their character and a group image at the same time. She kept asking for the copy every class after that to show everyone her character to the other students. You could see the pride in her eyes every time show showed it to her friends. I hope you too enjoy the eighth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Elelctra.

 

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Energy Charg


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 07 – Energy Charg

 

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are familiar with, yet this student knew what he wanted and he wanted to create something very distinctive. He researched and asked questions about which abilities he wanted for the character. What he came up with was one of the most unique characters I have ever seen.
He began with the abilities of energy absorption and force field generation. From there he decided on 4 arms instead of the usual two. One eye, what looks like scales and two-fingered claws for hands. When I saw this character I was immediately impressed and asked the student about his creation. He wanted to create a bad guy monster that would absorb energy power to generate force fields. Hmm, well thought out, I told him.
When I drew his character I immediately thought of the Hulk. I decided on a large bulky character but I gave him three fingers per hand, which the student said was all right instead of the two he had drawn. I also gave him green scaly skin with pointed ears and his signature one eye. I drew him in a stance to show that he was able to create force fields. His left upper arm is generating a force field.
The student kept asking me for his character every day and when I finally showed him it he had a smile from ear to ear. I think he also liked the fact that the other students in the class also liked his character. You could see a hint of pride in his eye when he showed it to his friends. I hope you too enjoy the seventh character from Heroes VS. Villains – Energy Charg.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – Animal King


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

Villain 06 – Animal King

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to; this student wanted to do something different but similar. He created a great male figure with large muscles then he wanted to give him some unique abilities: revive or accelerated healing powers and animal mimicry. I did ask him about the swords saying, “If he transforms into animals, why does he need a sword?” He say the logic and decided to remove one and he asked me to not draw my version with the swords.

When I drew his character I first thought of a werewolf type character crossed with a ninja. I decided to create a character that was hairy, very similar to Sabre Tooth from the X-men. I took a few creative liberties by added the hair on the arms and legs and making his hair longer.

In the end the student enjoyed my version of his villain. I hope you too enjoy the sixth character from Heroes VS. Villains – Animal King.

Art Inspiration: Heroes vs. Villains – John 181


 

As part of the final assignment in my resent drawing club, I had the students create their own hero or villain. Their characters had to have up to 2 powers/abilities; a unique name and they had to indicate if they were either a hero or villain. The students also wanted me to redraw their character, in the comic book style, once they had handed their original in. I needed the original as a reference and I wanted them to do the work. The variety I received was amazing and it inspired me to create a wide range of characters.

I began with my version of the villain’s leader and in the next few weeks I will post the student’s original character and my version that I gave to them.

 

Villain 05 – John 181

Some students modeled their character after popular comics they are used to, this student had his own idea matched with something he was use to. He wanted a character that was a bit of a cross with the Flash and Iron Man, yet he wanted a unique helmet and exoskeleton. He came to me for some ideas on the helmet and I gave a few ideas on the exoskeleton. He modeled it a bit from the storm troopers from Star Wars and football equipment.

I took the students’ image and the questions he asked about the armour and took it from there. It is very similar to the storm troopers armour with a few comparisons to Ironman’s suit. He wasn’t too particular with the colour but I decided on a blue base so that it was different from Ironman.

I showed the student his character and he was happy by saying that it looked cool; high praise indeed. I hope you enjoy the fifth character from Heroes VS. Villains – John 181.

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