Third graders in Ms. Dowdy’s class at Rowe Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side “Hope and Joy” journaling program led by teaching artists Molly Brown and Jill Osgood. Over a span of five sessions, students worked on developing a daily journal practice with writing prompts for inspiration. Meeting in real time via Google Meet, Molly and Jill introduced pencil sketching and watercolors as tools to communicate emotions to bring stories to life. Throughout the program, students shared their work in weekly discussion break-out sessions. The program culminated in a printed collage-style poster featuring watercolor illustrations from every student in the class.
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