Back in 2008-2009 I designed the Different is Good project as a way to foster positive conversations with my 2nd graders about diversity while working on a figure drawing with color balance. We read Dr. Seuss' Book, the Sneetches and learned that whether your belly had a star or none upon thars a sneetch is a sneetch. And no sneetch is best on the beach. They all embraced the message as they worked on creating a self-portrait arm in arm with a very different friend (real or imaginary). I introduced this project again this year when I started receiving feedback that other art teachers are trying it with their classes.
Here is our newest batch of Different is Good.
Here is our original batch of Different is Good images from 08-09 second graders.
Here is a link to my lesson write up on the Teaching Palette Blog
Here is a link to an animated version of Dr. Seuss' Sneetches on youtube
Take a look our project created by art students from New Jersey schools on display in their art show below: