Senior Projects 2012 Dear Senior Project Panel Members: Thank you so much for taking your time to review our project and sit on our panel. We are excited to share our Senior Project with you. As you peruse our information, please enjoy our reflections and artifacts. We look forward to presenting to you and welcome any questions you have. Inside you will find: • • •
Ian Hales and Nick Roth’s Reflection Johnny Rogers’ Reflection Artifacts (The short story we wrote with students)
Sincerely, The Elementary Art Book Team
Nick Roth w/ Ian Hales Senior Project Reflection To start off I’m going to go over the very thing our senior project is all about. Our plan was to write a story of which was chosen from our fellow CSA members from Lincoln elementary. Once our main topic had been decided we then went about making the story for a 5 page book. Being a page per week we went to that school and presented what we had, page by page the story that we wrote and then read to them was thought up in their minds and then illustrated as they saw fit. Although there were complications in the end, we were successful. Being the beginning of our senior year, we had the idea of incorporating the other CSA schools into our senior project. We had a lead for a teacher at Lincoln Elementary school; the art teacher at our school was very willing to bring her up as she would be willing to discuss our Senior Project terms of agreement. Once that day came we went to her to discuss meeting times and decided upon meeting on Thursdays every week from 1:00 till 1:45 to read for 5 weeks, our story and supply the time needed to illustrate it. The Problems we faced were mostly to do with the story line, for it to make sense and give a meaningful plot to engage the students. We had to consider a lot to bring about what seemed to be a simple topic. I saw no other problems that were not soon overcome as they appeared. The classroom task for us was to guide the students to drawing what they saw the story to portray. Although at times they were confused as to what to draw considering what all happened in the story given at the time. We let them decided what part of that story to reflect on, letting them make a sketch of their drawing first then putting their final idea on a clear piece of paper. After done we let them have the choice of coloring the illustration if they saw fit to do so. Once our final product was finished we began collecting the drawings from the students and then put them in a binder all together, but this idea seemed just too easy. We then decided to make individual booklets for them to have showing their very own drawings. The writing of the story was then put in‐between each drawing to show for what the illustration means. Altogether showing for what they had done.
Johnny Rogers Senior Project Reflection My senior project was sparked from interest in art as well as the want to spread creativity. At the beginning of the year I had no clue what I wanted to do for my senior project. I talked with friends, looked on the internet, and thought about it for weeks. Still I could come up with nothing. Finally, the time came, I had to choose, there was no more waiting. There was an event where all the already created senior project groups came together and presented what
they had and took on group members. I took advantage of that right away. I saw two small groups that could be combined and I brought them together. The only problem was I was always busy with my internship. So, I was very disconnected with the project and the group. I needed to act fast, my solution was to take my subgroup which consisted of Ian Hales, Nick Roth, and myself out of the large group and we create our own project. We all sat down and talked about different genres of senior projects. We all agreed that we wanted our senior project to have something to do with art. Our first idea was to write and illustrate our own book. This idea didn’t go through because we needed a way to include the community. So, we talked with our two mentors, one being an English facilitator and the other a facilitator of art. The art facilitator knew a third grade teacher at CSA Lincoln that was interested in working with us. About a week of planning and development of our idea passed and we finally created a project. Ian Hales, Nick Roth, and myself, would be writing a short story and having a third grade class at CSA Lincoln illustrate each page. Our first meeting with the third graders was to explain the project, what we were going to do and what we needed from them. We began by asking the kids what they wanted their story to be about. Thankfully everyone in the room had great ideas. As I spoke to the class Nick Roth compiled a list of topic ideas. We finished up taking in ideas and told the kids we would be back in a week with the first page of the story. The three of us all sat down with the list and brainstormed ideas. Surprisingly the most outrageous idea stuck. We were going to write a story about a time traveling toilet. The following week we walked into a classroom of egger children. They had all been waiting in anticipation of the first page to their story. Ian was the designated reader out of our group because he couldn’t make it for the writing process. As he lifted the page and began to read all the kids watched with wide eyes, not wanting to miss a word. As Ian finished up reading the first page I would always lead a discussion to help everyone develop an idea of what they wanted to draw. There were always hands up with great ideas of what to sketch. But, just in case we always planned suggestions during the writing process of what could be illustrated. We handed out papers and walked from table to table to help individuals. At the end of the class we would collect all of the papers and thank them. This process went on for several weeks until the story was complete. We then took all of the illustrations and printed off thirty copies of our story. To make the books we used the spinder machine that CSA New Tech offered. As a group we had a great time putting the books together seeing all of the illustrations the kids had created. To end off our project we are presenting the final copies to the third graders and having a small celebration with them. As a whole I believe my group is very satisfied with our final product. There are only a few things we could have changed if we would have had our idea sooner, one being how revolutionary the project itself is. I think we could have made more features to have made the project more revolutionary, for example a website with a digital copy of every kid’s book. We also struggled a little bit with the distribution of the work load. Towards the begging of the project we didn’t really have a whole lot of planning for how and when we were going to write the story. So a lot of the time one person would get stuck finishing each page. The success in that was towards the middle and end of the project we had a good writing distribution down.
One of the most successful parts of our project was how well we interacted with the third graders and how excited they were for the story. I also believe each one of us got something out of the experience. We all sharpened our planning skills, which are going to help in our future career goals and that in itself was worth creating this project.
The Mystery of the Cursed Bathroom Written By Johnny Rogers, Ian Hales, & Nick Roth Illustrated by
Miss. Putnam’s Class of 2012 Once upon a time, in classroom far far away, there was a very unique elementary school. To the naked eye it looked like every other school. Teachers, kids, everything was normal. But, there was one room, a room that no one ventured to. This school had been built on ancient grounds of mystical power. But of course no one believed in magic. Although, there was this one room that was avoided by everyone. Some wondered what was so special about this room that turned them all away and others simply didn’t care. The legend began in 1988, Billy Jenkins, the school misfit, was cutting class as usual when Mrs. Turner rounded the corner and saw him. Well, Billy had been in detention so many times lately and had had enough. He decided to run away and hide. Billy knew that no one would ever check the ‘cursed’ bathroom and decided to hide in there until he could escape out the front doors without being caught. After that day no one ever saw Billy again. Now, everyone at West Wind Elementary school knows the tale of Billy’s misfortune, but to most it is simply a story the teachers tell to keep kids in class. Some students who believe the tale say he jumped out the window and now lives in Florida. Some even say he is still in the bathroom doomed for eternity, until he learns his lesson for skipping class. Whatever your take on it is there was one kid who had to know the truth. Henry was a curious student who always asked questions and tried to obtain as much knowledge as possible. When he heard of Billy’s story he had to know the truth. Now, Henry had two friends, Matt and Katie. One day they all decided to go into the ‘cursed’ bathroom to find out the truth. They waited after school until the coast was clear and then simply found their way to said location of ‘cursedness’. During this time of day the halls of the school seemed very different. Most lights were out for the night and there was an eerie silence throughout the school. The search for the ‘cursed’ bathroom did not last long for everyone knew exactly where it was. When they approached the door, which was more scary than usual due to the creepy atmosphere of the school that night, the kids stopped and stared, waiting for someone to make the first move. Katie approached the door, grabbed the knob, and with a creek the door opened. To their surprise it appeared to be an everyday, normal bathroom. The only difference being a thick layer of dust and some cob webs. Henry said, “This can’t be right, all along I thought it was going to be more than this.” Matt decided to investigate and to his disappointment he found nothing interesting. Before they left Henry decided to use the toilet really fast, Katie and Matt waited outside. After thirty minutes of waiting they grew impatient. Matt decided to go into the bathroom to check on Henry, but to his surprise Henry was nowhere to be found.
Katie and Matt began to search everywhere in the bathroom for Henry. Matt decided the best place to look was the stalls. There were three stalls, Matt checked the one on the right and Katie checked the one on the far left, both were empty. They knew the middle stall had to be the one. With a quick count to three they swung the door open. To their surprise, there was no floor, only a black hole that sucked them in before they even had a chance to react. The two kids awoke in what appeared to be a cave. There was an older man sitting next to a fire. Katie said, “Hello, who are you?” The man replied, “Henry, who are you? Where did you come from?” Katie was stunned and thought to herself, “It can’t be.” Right as this happened Matt sat up and with a shout said, “Who are you people? Where are my friends?” Katie suddenly looked at Matt and said, “Matt is that you?” “Yes?” Matt replied with a confused look. Katie then realized that the black hole had aged them all. “Guys, guys, it’s us! I’m Katie, you’re Matt, and you’re Henry! We have only aged.” “Henry, is that really you?” Matt said. “Yeah it’s me.” After a few minutes of talking and straightening things out they decided to spend the night in the cave and set out for more answers in the morning. The next day when Katie woke up Henry was gone. “Matt, Matt, wake up! Henry is gone!” Katie said “Uhh, what do you mean he is gone?” “I don’t know! When I woke up he just wasn’t there!” At that moment Henry walked in. “Guys, calm down, I was just outside checking things out. I saw smoke in the trees about fourteen miles east. I think it’s a house, we need to go before the trail is lost.” Matt and Katie quickly got ready and they set off. The biggest obstacle was getting down a short cliff that the cave sat on. Henry had already made a plan for getting down earlier. “Ok guys, what we have to do is, jump onto the top of that tree and just climb down.” Katie took a few steps back and said, “No, I can’t do this. I just can’t.” “Come on Katie it is not that far down.” Henry replied. “Not everyone is a boy scout, Henry!” Katie said in anger. “Ok, ok, I’ll go first and help you over. Is that fine?” “I guess so.” Katie replied in hesitation. Henry went first, with ease he made it across. Next was Katie, she was terrified but made it just fine. Matt was last and within a few minutes they were safely to the ground. The three had been walking for almost an hour when they heard a strange noise. “What was that?” Katie said. Matt replied, “I’m not sure, Henry you’re a boy scout, what animal makes that noise?” Henry even with an extensive knowledge of animal calls did not know what created the noise. At that moment all the kids realized, they were no longer in the world they once knew. As time passed the noise seemed to grow closer. They were about a mile from the smoke when suddenly a large shadow was cast over the area. All at once the three of them looked up. A creature was flying over the trees. Katie screamed and Henry yelled, “We need to get to cover!” They ran as fast as they could, looking for any type of shelter. The creature was growing closer; the kids could not escape their fate imminent. Suddenly a cloaked man emerged from the woods with a hand crafted bow and fired upon the creature. With a horrible noise the large creature flew away. The kids out of breath and
scared to death thanked the mysterious archer. He removed the hood from his cloak and introduced himself. “My name is Billy Jeenkins.” He said. They were stunned. Henry stood with his mouth almost to the ground. “You mean you’re, you’re the guy from the story?” Henry said. “What story?” the man replied. “Your story!” Katy said. “You mean people still talk about me? I thought nobody cared.” The man grew sad. “I never got to say goodbye to my mother” He said. He turned away from the three of them so that they did not see the tear he shed. He quickly changed the subject, “So, how did you guys end up here?” Billy said. “When I heard your story I had to know the truth of the ‘cursed bathroom’. So, my two friends and I stayed after school until everybody was gone and snuck into the bathroom.” Henry answered. “Do you know how to get out of this place?” Katie said with hope. “Don’t you think if I knew how to get out I would have done it by now?” Billy replied. Katie looked down as though she was scolded. “I’m sorry Miss, spending twenty‐four years alone in a world where every living thing wants to eat you makes you a bit ill‐mannered.” Billy said. “It’s ok I should have known anyways.” Katie replied. “We need to hurry out of here before that wretched beast comes back. I have a small cabin not too far from here.” Billy said. “So, that must be where the smoke was coming from.” Matt confirmed. On the way to the cabin Henry was asking Billy all kinds of questions about this new world they were in. “What was that thing back there in the tree tops?” Henry asked. “I can’t really say for sure. But, back in elementary school I read a fictional book about dragons. I can only assume that is what we are dealing with.” Billy said. Upon saying this they arrived at the cabin. Billy opened the door and a dog emerged. “Hey Ole’ Smokey, did ya miss me?” Billy said with cheer. The three, although appearing as full grown adults were still kids on the inside and loved dogs. Billy brought them all inside to warm up by the fire. “So, we’re going to be stuck here for the rest of our lives.” said Henry. “Well I suppose so. I mean I’ve been here for twenty‐four years and I have yet to find an easy way out.” Billy said. “An easy way out? Does that mean there is a hard way out?” Katie asked. “Ehh, well just forget I said anything.” “No, no, please tell us. We will do anything to get out.” said Katie. “Well, several years ago I was also searching for a way out and I stumbled upon an ancient city. I camped there for several days searching for answers. The only thing I found was this map.” At that moment Billy held up an old rugged map that appeared to be hand written on animal skin. “I found this inside one of the temples. I think it is a map that will help us out.” Billy said. “And you have never followed the map!” said Matt. “Of course I followed the map! But it was too difficult to finish alone.” “Do you think all of us together could make it?” Katie asked. “Hmm, it’s a rough road. You think you kids could make it? There is Dragon, snakes, and all kinds of badness. I was too young myself when I first made the trip.” At that moment Henry stood up and said, “I say we go!” After various planning they all set off for the destination on the map. Now on this map were three obstacles. The first obstacle to overcome was to cross this old rickety bridge. Beneath the bridge was about a three hundred foot drop to a river full of alligators. Of course Katie was terrified of heights and the fact of there being certain death below did not help. Billy Jeenkins went first having done this before paved the way for the others to follow. Next Matt walked across not entirely sure which wooden step would be sturdier then the other. Hearing the creaks and
snaps from the bridge he became frightened making leaping steps. “STOP!” said Billy, “this bridge is not a trampoline! Stop jumping!” Matt glanced at Billy frustrated knowing he just wanted to get across as soon as possible before the bridge broke. Little did Matt know a thick fog was rising up from the beneath the bridge ever sense he stepped foot on to the bridge. Within no time the entire bridge was engulfed in this now mystical fog. Billy was stunned; he had never seen anything like this before. He tried calling out to Matt and the others to figure out what was going on but there was no response. Henry and Katie, on the opposite side, were Yelling for Matt to get out of there, but it was no use, the Fog had taken Matt. When the fog cleared there was no sign of him on the bridge at all. Henry felt there no need to stand around and wait for it to happen to them as well, he grabbed Katie’s arm and went across the bridge as quickly as possible. As soon as they made it across they looked back where their friend once stood. Katie could not believe what had happened back there, “Matt…Matt is gone!” she said with tears coming down her face. Henry was furious at Billy for not warning them about the fog. “I had no idea that the fog would do this!” said Billy. “Well it did, and it cost us the life of our friend, if you weren’t our guide I’d throw you in the fog myself!” said Henry out of anger. “I just want to get out of here…” said Katie. Billy just walked on as they followed, hoping to not get more hatred from them. For a while they all just walked without saying a word. Billy walked ahead of the other two and led the way. Henry would occasionally look over at Katie and smile to try and cheer her up, but, it was no use. Billy stopped shook his head and turned around, “Look kids.” He said. “I know you just lost a friend that was very close and I am sorry. But we have to pick up the pace, it gets dark here fast and you don’t want to get caught in it. If we do, none of us are making it out of here alive. Now I am not sure where this map is leading us but I do know it is the only way we can get out of her. So, if you guys could speed up the pace that would be great.” Even though Henry and Katie were still mad at Billy they knew he was right and they needed to hurry. As they were traveling they came upon a fork in the road. The map said the common way was to the left and the short cut was to the right. Although a short cut, no one dared to take that path. It was deemed unfit for travel. It was marked on the map with a skull and cross bones. Henry being the curious one had to know what was down that path. With no thought as to tell the others he began down the dangerous trail. “Where do you think you’re goin’ boy?” Billy said. Katie yelled, telling Billy to stop Henry from going down that path. “We already lost Matt! I can’t lose you too!” said Katie. “I have to know what is down that path and this is the only way.” said Henry. “It’s the boy’s choice I can’t stop him. It’s best he finds what he is looking for and meets up with us after.” Billy said. Katie glared at Henry; he knew that she did not want to be left alone with Billy. She barely even knew him not to forget he lead matt to his death. Katie insisted on coming with Henry, she needed to be with someone she knew. Billy did not want to intervene and continued on the long path, leaving Katie and Henry to fend for themselves. The path was lined with bones of animals that wondered into the deep jungle. Katie grabbed Henry’s arm and with a frightened whisper she said, “I’m scared Henry...let’s go back.” “No, Katie we will be ok. Just follow me.” With a sigh she moved on. They both knew there were things in the jungle watching them. Webs thickly covered the canopy weighing down the branches making each one creak when Katie and Henry ran into a thread hanging down. When the path begun to clear the bushes started
to shake and the trees shuddered and then they looked up. Suddenly a creature with eight legs jumped out of the bushes staring at us with a thousand eyes. Right away Henry jumped into action knowing this creature was not friendly and probably hungry. He grabbed a nearby bone from a corpse and wielded it like as though it was weapon. He slowly approached the creature with the intention of killing it. Just when he was about to strike thousands of cat sized spiders jumped out of nowhere onto Henry. Henry fought his way to Katie grabbed her and they ran for their lives. Jumping over webs with the eight legged creatures close behind; there was no time to waste. Henry was slashing his way through the webs as fast as possible while Katie was throwing dirt at the creatures to keep them away. “They just keep coming!” yelled Katie. Something caught Henry’s eye. It was a possible escape; a slope down to a river. He thought they could swim across and get out if that horrible jungle. Henry grabbed Katie and dove into the river. The spiders did not follow. The kids quickly made it to the other side in fear of something in the water attacking them. Even though shaken pretty badly the two kids carried on, for this is all they could do. “I have to say this is no longer feeling like such a short cut.” said Katie. “Now that we are across the river I am not sure if we are even going to reach our destination at all.” Henry said with a sigh. Katie was trying not to go crazy; the thought of being lost and never getting out was getting to her. Henry’s motto was to always keep moving and that’s what they did. He didn’t pay much attention to what was around him; just kept moving forward in hopes of seeing Billy or some sort of land mark. He would occasionally stop to scan the horizon but to his disappointment could only see trees. While Henry focused on the destination Katie was more focused on the little things around them hoping for clues. She found what appeared to be a man made sign in the shape of an arrow. “Henry, come look at this!” she said. “I think it’s a sign pointing to something. Come here hurry!” “It looks like there is some writing on it.” Henry said. At the same time they shouted it out, “Castle!” “That must be where Billy was taking us!” Katie remarked. The two kids quickly moved in the direction of the castle. Just a few minutes later Henry spotted it first. “There it is! I can see it in the distance!” he said. “Let’s go!” The two kids began to run right when that terrible but familiar noise interrupted their joy. The two kids fell over as a gust of wind from the dragon’s wings knocked them over. “Not him again!” Henry yelled. The kids knew it was over this time. Billy was not there to save them. The dragon moved right into the kid’s faces they could feel the warmth of its breath. Katie squeezed Henry in fear. They both closed their eyes in anticipation of what was about to happen. They waited, seconds seemed like hours but after waiting for about two minutes they opened their eyes. They dragon laid dead in front of them. “What just happened?” Katie asked. Right when they said that both of them looked to their left and saw Billy once again with his trusty bow. “I finally got you!” Billy shouted in joy. “Thank you so much Billy!” Katie said. “Henry shook his hand and said, “So, is this the place? The place that is going to get us home.” “I believe it is. The map says we have to go into the castle to find our way out of this place.” Billy responded. “Ok then, let’s get moving.” Henry said. Upon entering the castle they noticed that no one had been there in ages. Vines covered the door and most of the castle. Luckily Henry still had the rib bone he used to cut through the webs. He cut through the vines and the door opened. “It is empty.” Katie began to cry thinking there is no possible way out now. “What, I think I see something!” Henry said with a shout. Katie looked up with hope.
“Yeah, it is a book maybe it will help us to find a way out!” Henry said. They all walked up to investigate. Henry grabbed the book; the cover said, Book of Spells. None of the three believed in magic but after what they just went through they thought anything could be possible. Henry opened the book and there were tons of spells and pictures. “How do we even know what to use?” Katie said. Henry flipped through the pages and found a bookmark. “Hey guys this is it! It says this is the undo all spell.” Henry said with excitement. “Read it! What does it say?” Katie couldn’t wait. Henry went on, “It says all we have to do is…” The End