MSU 4H China Art Exchange with Jonesville Middle School

Top Ten Pictures from JMS

Top Ten Pictures from JMS

This year my students participated in something called the 4H China Art Exchange. This program is run through Michigan State University and 4H. What I like about the program is that my students learn about Chinese children and their artwork.

I built a whole unit around the exchange and hit several Michigan benchmarks at the same time. This is just one part of the unit.

Once we receive the kit I explain to the students what the exchange is and how it works. I also explain that we need to treat these pieces of artwork with the utmost respect and how to handle these one of a kind pieces of art.

Students then look at and analyze the artwork and answer the following questions:

  • Name three shapes in the drawing.
  • Name three lines in the drawing.
  • Name three colors in the drawing.
  • What is happening in this picture?
  • Do you like this picture? Why?
  • Do you dislike this picture? Why?
  • What do you see in this picture that is similar to things in your life?
  • What did the Chinese child who painted this picture want to tell you?
  • What feelings do you have when you look at this picture?
  • Would you ever think of doing a painting or drawing like this one?
  • How do you think the picture was made? What art materials are used in it?

Afterwards students present their finding by either reading their worksheet, through a poem, story, or a skit.

Then students create their own visual letter back to the students in China. I picked the top ten based on completeness, originality, craftsmanship, and visual storytelling.

This program is available to K-6 students in the state of Michigan. Please contact your local MSU extension office or click here to visit their website.

Please enjoy our video.


Mrs. Berry

Poinsettia Paintings by JMS and PASS Art Students 2013


With all of this cold and snowy weather I thought I would post some of my students’ colorful artwork via a video from Animoto. My students took my drawing/painting lesson and created very colorful poinsettias before Christmas break.  I did this with two groups; my sixth grade and my alternative high school students.  The reason why I like this lesson is because it has my students actually looking at something.  This is a skill that my students need to work on.  This was the first lesson where they looked at a plant and drew it.  After drawing, my students could add any color they wanted for their plant. Students enjoyed drawing their plant.  They are currently on display at our local library.  Please enjoy the video.


Christy Berry

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