HOWA! Guest Artists Author and Illustrator

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Original project 2nd Grade students worked with local writer Chelsea Annette and artist Luke Durand writing and illustrating “HOWA! How the Animals Discovered that Bullying is not Right” an original story written by the artists and students. Students worked with their classroom teacher Ms. Pam Burke-Ellison to write an inspiring story of anti-bullying. Animals from the northern woods come together to dissuade a mean group into kindness. Ojibwe language is used throughout.

After the drawings and story were completed the high school Media Art class created the pages in PhotoShop. Durand and Annette oversaw the work, completing the work and making it ready for publication.

Two copies of the completed book will be given to the young writer/illustrators at a Feast. Families will come and read the book with their children. Families will also receive a copy of “Discovering Little Brothers” .

The 6 week residency has provided a better understanding of language, phonics and story creation. Our goal is to create better readers.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is wills-first-page-1024x1024.jpgContinued collaboration with 2nd Grade  and 10-12th grade Media Art students.   For a few more years 2nd grade primary students wrote a story with their classroom teacher(s) based on their knowledge of Ojibwe culture, history and language (based on the Seven Teachings).

2nd grade students (in their art class) drew the landscapes and animals needed to illustrate the book.

High School Media Art/Graphic Design students use the images to illustrate the story and design pages for a 20 page book. All work was completed according to the rubric (client’s instructions) in full color book in PhotoShop. Books were printed at a local color copier business.

This project continues to be supported through ISD 2142 American Indian Student Services (AISS). The project initially began through the support of AISS who received a grant through the University of Minnesota’s Education department – Culture Based Arts Integration (CBAI) grant. The grant’s goal is to build deeper knowledge of Ojibwe culture and history by teaching and supporting teachers through personal study and critique.



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