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Oct 03

Nitzanim Try’s Not to Imagine

To practice a technique we’ll be using in our upcoming theme, Nitzanim was challenged to hear a story and only draw what they hear. That’s harder than it sounds! If you hear “the sky is blue”, drawing a blue sky easy enough! But try to shut out your imagination that creates the clouds, the sun and the birds passing by. Our imagination often fills in the holes a story leaves out to create a vivid picture that is unique to our mind and sometimes much different than how another would interpret the scenes of a story.
Morah Sarah read a few very descriptive sentences to Nitzanim as I walked around watching the children illustrate what they heard.

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Morah Sara read the passage slowly several times- the nitzanimers didn’t want to miss any details. One girl started to draw a house (put that wasn’t in the passage) and she quickly started over with a fresh piece of paper, making sure she only drew the things she heard.

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Afterwards, we sat in a circle to share what we drew. A girl drew a bird, another drew a crab on the sand, neither were mentioned in the passage. They talked about how it was hard not to draw “extra stuff that we didn’t hear” “…because I just thought if they’re on the beach, wouldn’t there be a crab?!”. A boy talked about how he put dots in the air to show the salty air the passage described, another bot concentrated on the curve of the crashing waves.

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This exercise was challenging! It was our first step to actively notice how our imagination interacts and can change a text. We will continue to work at separating the two, so that we can honor the text’s words before we insert ourselves, our thoughts and our opinions.

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