Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Tony is one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet - he'll yell "Hello!" from far away, then rush up to give you a hug. Every time I've been around him, he's been very social and chatty, so I thought he'd be a great candidate for We Are Storytellers.

In the art room, Tony started writing his initials while I explained the project. I asked him what he liked to draw. "Trees," he said, but asked me to draw it. I drew an outline for him to color in. He colored the trunk and I drew a bit too, thinking up questions to get us on track to a story. When I asked why Tony liked trees, he said because of the leaves, and drew leaves on his tree.

He colored one part of the tree red, and I asked what that was. He said "A cat!" I was also drawing a tree, so I drew a bird in mine. We started discussing if our animals would be friends, or if his cat would eat my bird. We finally agreed they'd be friends.

Tony drew flowers around his tree, and then drew something green and brown in the top left corner. When I asked what it was, he said "A bird!" Apparently my bird had flown over to his drawing to visit his cat!

We didn't get to a typical story in this session, but I'm learning to let things flow and just enjoy my one-on-one time with the individuals. I always feel this need to have finished books to show what I'm accomplishing, when really the whole journey is the point of the project! Getting to know each person, their interests, where they are right now and what they'd possibly like to do are major steps in keeping the project going, so I'm loving the trial and error of it all.

*Apologies for the photographs of the pages from this and the last project - I haven't have a chance to get to the scanner!


  1. That's really awesome!! I love how you interacted with him and that your animals are friends.

    1. Thank you! Tony is so easy to be around, it was a lot of fun.

  2. I love this. And it does seem that you told a complete story while talking to one another and sharing your art. I love that your bird made its way into his picture. Dude, I may have to steal that moment for a story myself! ;)

    1. That's true! Working with so many different individuals is definitely broadening my idea of a "story" and making it less traditional.


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