|The completed set!|
|Three primed panels, ready to go.|
However, I have never had seventeen students painting an 8 x 9 foot tarp in the close quarters of my small classroom. We divided the students into three teams, cut the tarp into three strips, listed the items to be included on the set, and divided them among the teams.
|Teeny Tiny Chicken Coop|
I love watching these teams of students work together, figuring out color, placement, and how to dance around my room getting only a little paint on themselves and the floor. Some students are very cautious, afraid to make a mistake. I help them break that "surface tension" and they emerge proud and brave. Some students dive right in, working group to group. Some are super-focused and can paint a teeny tiny chicken coop right in the middle of the panel while everyone else maneuvers around them. What a blast. The play was a huge success, and we're going to make our collaboration an annual, if not more frequent, event.
File under "love my job". Thanks for looking!