The Birthday Project

I think this is going to be really special this year. I have always wanted to find a way to make birthdays more meaningful in class, more unique and special than just having some cupcakes, leaving a mess on the floor and then going home!

What do you think of The Birthday Project?

  1. Jin
    August 30, 2011 at 4:13 am

    You can just do what you did with us and 6GD last year. A decent party with healthy food and everthing

  2. Cindy....Caitie's mom
    August 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

    What a lovely idea! I can’t wait to see the drawings up close…so many different perspectives and styles. Great music too.

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Cindy! And, thanks for commenting on here – it really brings the blog to life when parents make comments.

      I love the idea, so many of the ideas that come out of Reggio Emilia are very powerful but also very simple, like this one.

      Here’s some more information about the Reggio Emilia “approach” to education.

      Although it is mainly for younger students, many of the conceptrs really don’t need to change when dealing with older students (or even adults!)

  3. Jimin
    August 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I think the birthday project will be good because if you keep on drawing other people you will get better at drawing and if you draw a birthday girl or boy perfectly it makes them happy.

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      You’re right, Jimin, practice makes perfect (although, with Art, we don’t really want perfection).

  4. gina's mom (young mi)
    August 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    That’s great idea,I waiting for Gina’s turn. but maybe who ever that birthday person is tired to pose for a while. for kids this is different exprience for them.Good Idea!

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Youngmi, and thanks for making a comment on here. Yes, posing can be very tiring, but we do allow the “model” to rest from time-to-time. I ask them to pick a spot in the room to look at so that they can easily return to their pose after having a rest.

  5. Mara :D
    August 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I think this video is so inspiring and creative, and i like your comment Jimin its VERY true if you keep drawing you will become better at drawing or even paintings!

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Mara. I love making these videos. Let me know if you want to start making some yourself and I will teach you the skills.

  6. Yuki
    August 30, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    HI everyone

    I think it’s a great idea! You can improve on your drawing skills and you can know each other more. I wish I could share this wonderful idea that Mr. Sam brought us with everyone. I think this is the best gift for the birthday boy/girl. I can’t wait till my turn comes.

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      That’s great, Yuki. You are right, we really do get to know each other more by doing this activity, we look at each other, we talk about each other, we see the differences and the similarities between each other.

  7. August 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    I think the birthday project is a great idea for the people drawing but not the person sitting down. I t gets a bit boring and if you remember when it was Caitie’s birthday she started to fidget near the end and I think I would too! It really helps up to visualise how people look and draw features instead of symbols! This is something that will personally help me become a better artist like Mr. Sam.


    Billy 🙂

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      The posing is actually great practice for learning how to sit still. Remember I told you that the Dalai Lama said ” a child who cannot sit still and think for ten minutes is only half-developed!”.

  8. Tammy
    August 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Mr.Sam

    I think the birthday project is very good for us so we could learn how to draw real life pictures. Also it makes a good present by the end of the year I think we will end up drawing beautifully.


    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:21 pm

      I think you will all be drawing beautifully!

  9. priti (aryan's mom)
    August 31, 2011 at 9:06 am

    i think this is an excellent idea – a win-win for all, the birthday child gets potraits, the children get to draw and be creative, the teacher enjoys some peace and the parent is happy too because that much less SUGAR! i love it!

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks so much for commenting on here, Priti!

      I totally agree… this is better than everyone eating cakes and drinking soft drinks!

  10. Biliana
    August 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Well, including a cake in the picture will not hurt much, will it? It might even be an incentive for the kids. Imagine the BBoy/Girl goes home with drawings while all the rest go home having eaten something nice. Treating others on ones birthday is a must in my culture. We believe that the act of treating others will bring good health to the birthday person.

    • Mr. Sam
      August 31, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      But… surely the cake must be healthy!!!

      You’re right, it would be nice for the students who are drawing to get a nice treat. If we combine the two things then the whole experience becomes more special and meaningful. Very often, the other kids take the cake, half-heartedly say “happy birthday” and walk away!

  11. Stina Zola's mom
    September 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I think this is a great idea!! – Art project that is… Ok and lets have a “healthy” Carrot cake as the” icing on the cake ;-)” for the next birthday.

  12. Jeff (Caitie's Dad)
    September 4, 2011 at 7:20 am

    mmmmmmm carrot cake….

    • September 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

      The carrot cake that they sell in The Gallery Cafe is pretty tasty – particularly the icing! I reckon if we don’t tell the kids it’s carrot cake they would never notice… whoops! I just did.

  13. Melis
    September 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    This is a very good opportunity for us to express ourselves in a creative way and to improve our drawing, and I can’t wait until my birthday on October the 1st!!!!

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