TOOLKIT: IMAGINATION DOOR
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: RYDER HENRY
GRADE: recommended PreK-5th grade
Students will learn the definition and difference between fantasy and reality.
Students will explore fantasy and stories through installations.
Can you use your imagination to make a story from what you see?
What makes a good story?
Do you like stories that are true or from the imagination?
What places do you imagine visiting or building?
1. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
2. Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by Jacky Davis and David Soman
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
4. Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress by Sujean Rim
5. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
1. Diaspora by Ryder Henry
Using a thick sheet of paper (watercolor paper works well), measure a rectangle in the center. Cut three sides of the rectangle, so it becomes a door that can open or close. Encourage students to decorate and embellish the paper door and surrounding area. Don’t forget to draw or glue on a doorknob! Explore the classroom, school or park and hold the door at arms length in front of the students. Taking turns, ask students to open the paper door. What do they see through the door? What story can they create by looking through their door? Do they have a place they imagine the door could open up to?
Ask students to choose a partner. Have students take turns drawing or finding images of an imaginary or fantasy place. With their partners, students place the images behind the door and have their partner open it up to the imaginary image. Have students work together to create stories about where the door leads them.
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-know and use the elements and principles of each art form to create works in the arts and humanities
-recognize, know, use and demonstrate a variety of appropriate arts elements and principles to produce, review and revise original works in the arts
-use knowledge of varied styles within each art form through a performance or exhibition of unique work
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts