Wednesday, March 4, 2020
SPREADING JOY AT JOHNSON! Is the title of an Arts for All art inclusion art award for Johnson Traditional Middle School. The first day included time with an art class of 32 8th grade students and then the rest of the day was spent with discovery students in their classroom. The students enjoyed this project of creating self portraits using acrylic paint. We began with an oval for the face and mixing our very own skin colors using 4 colors...pink, yellow, brown, and white. We also chose a background color and a shirt color. One of my great joys was working alongside my daughter, Dala Sparks, Speech Therapist. It was so wonderful to meet and teach her students! Working with Ms. Wempe's 8th grade art class was a wonderful part of this award. The class was inclusive of students with disabilities and all levels of learning. The students loved receiving the large 24x24 boards to paint on and they jumped right in to mixing skin tones and understanding that we all have some of the same tones mixed in varying amounts of color. We painted for 3 days to achieve completion. Some students needed extra time and Ms. Wempe agreed to allow them to paint some after our sessions. The finished projects will be displayed around the school. On the last day some students went outside with Mrs. Soule to spray paint their backgrounds. Ms. Wempe had to paint one too!This is the display in the Library....I love the self portraits!