National Chicken Lady Day is a special day in the USA, named after a Dr Marthenia 'TINA' Dupree, and designated by ex-President George Bush. But how could I let such a great sounding day go by without flapping my wings and cheering for my feathered friends? So today I'm celebrating chickens, and all who love them.
What better way to celebrate National Chicken Lady day than to create a poster?
I decided to try something new and difficult. Because I'm artistically challenged, usually I borrow other people's art work via generous online editors like ToonDoo, Motivation or Minimizer. I used Toon Doo to make illustrations which I used in How Can We Support Emergent Readers? and Toon Doo Spaces, showed you a poster I made for Cow Appreciation Day at Motivation and shared a cartoon I put together using both Comic Life software and screen grabs I took from the Minimizer site in LEGO and Literacy 2.
For today, the goal was to create my own artwork, and use it to devise a poster about a chicken lady character: Mrs Cluck. I'm hoping once I master chicken drawing, Mrs Cluck might even appear in her own comic.
The last time I tried to draw something, I attempted something simple: a rock. There was much merriment chez Book Chook about Mum's magical cow pat. If you missed my creation, you can catch it in Creative Prompt- What I Like. Perhaps it was time to push myself further and try for something with personality? You be the judge.
Although I contemplated drawing with pencil and scanning that in, I prefer to skip that step to cut down on time. So I tried to draw my chicken with my computer mouse. After several attempts, I ended up with a kid of frog/chicken hybrid - a fricken?
At last, I had my Mrs Cluck, and her poster. With a little luck, you'll see more of Mrs Cluck when I figure out how to draw her in different poses. I'm keen to create a Cluck comic. But right now my drawing muscles are exhausted.
Why do I emphasize comics so much on The Book Chook, anyway? I admit I like them personally for the blog, because online comic editors allow me to illustrate my own ideas graphically, using somebody else's art work. I'm a visual person and love playing with images though I usually don't have a clue what I'm doing.
But the main reason I encourage parents and teachers to use comics with kids is for the benefit they provide to students' writing. The images in comics help many kids to support their own language ideas. They are a scaffold if you like, providing a structure that helps kids create a narrative. And they are a way for kids to reach out to communicate with an authentic audience - their peers and others who love to read graphics and text. Software like Comic Life, and online editors like Toon Doo also give kids a publishable product they can use in a personal or class blog, print out and keep, or send to friends and family.
(There's a great explanation of how to use Comic Life at Macinstruct.)
What will YOU do to celebrate National Chicken Lady Day?