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Art for Harold and the Purple Crayon

Today for art we learned about perspective and how we can use this technique when drawing to reflect how things far away look smaller than things up close. We also learned about the horizon line (which also led us to discuss the difference between horizontal and vertical) and the vanishing point.

Here’s our example from the book.
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We looked up some examples of pictures that exhibit a perspective view.
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Elliot then set to work on his own drawing with a horizon line and a vanishing point.
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Beautiful!
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We added “perspective” to our Choices Artists Can Make to Add Interest notebook page.
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Language Arts for Harold and the Purple Crayon

We had a few new vocabulary words.
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We learned about humor, specifically puns. Our book has several examples of puns. We also looked up some fun puns for kids which Elliot found very amusing. We loved one about a carpenter who quit because he got bored, and another about a guy who worked in a shoe store but then they gave him the boot!
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We added “humor” to our Choices Writers can Make to Add Interest page.
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Harold and the Purple Crayon

We’re finally back to school after three great weeks of break. We’re starting with Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It’s meant to be a short unit and there aren’t as many lessons for it, however we’re going to spend our typical amount of time with it and just have it be a gentle transition back into school. There’s still plenty to do and learn with it and it’s already one of Elliot’s favorites.

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We’re focusing on art and creativity.
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Since the setting of this book is imaginary and is progressive as Harold changes it with his crayon, we made a special place for the disk on our map.
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