Program Instructions

Art, Poetry, Portraits

Welcome!  This page provides instructions for partners collaborating with us on all three of our programs: the art exchange, poetry exchange, and portrait program.  Your students begin the exchange by creating their art and poetry.  Then, our students will return art, poetry, and portraits for your students.

STEPS:

 

1. First, your students should write their first name, age, and favorite color on a sheet of paper.

2. Next, your students should create their drawings according to the "Art Guidelines" below.

3. Then your students should write their poems according to the "Poetry Guidelines" below. 

4. When all students have finished the steps above, please take a photo of each student individually holding their three items in the exact same order: first the paper showing their name, then their drawing, then their poem.

Photo 1:

Name,

Age,

Favorite Color

Photo 2:

Drawing

Photo 3:

Poem

5. VERY IMPORTANT: When you finish photographing each student please immediately collect their three items and put them in a box in the SAME ORDER.  This is very important because it will keep all the papers, drawings, and poems in the same order as the photos on the camera.

 

6. Finally, you are ready to send everything to us.  Congratulations!  We can determine the best options together.  For example, regarding the digital photos of the children, you can transfer them to us by WeTransfer, Google Drive, or Dropbox.  Regarding the box of papers, drawings, and poems, you can send that to us by DHL, UPS, or FedEx (we will pay for the delivery costs).

7. Now it is time for our students to create drawings, poems, and portraits to return to each of your students.  As soon as we have finished we will deliver them to you, and the exchange will be complete!

ART GUIDELINES:

Please use A4 paper or another type of paper that is similar in size (not larger than 22x30 cm).

Then, create a drawing in response to one of these questions:

  • What makes you feel happy?

  • What place makes you feel peaceful?

  • What do you see when you think of friendship or kindness?

 

We encourage your students to use their imagination and creativity!

ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE PAPER:


Hand outline:

Each student traces an outline of their hand as a way of symbolically touching hands with the American child.

Student's name:

Each student writes their first name and age inside the tracing of the hand. For security purposes, students are not allowed to include any contact information.

POETRY GUIDELINES:

Please use A4 paper or another type of paper that is similar in size (not larger than 22x30 cm).

Then, write a poem in English in response to one of these questions:

  • What are your dreams for the future?

  • What is your hope for the future of the planet?

  • What is something that makes you happy?

Each poem should be at least 8 lines long.  However, we understand that some children will not be able to write a poem that rhymes in English, and that is OK.  Such children can simply write 8 or more sentences to answer one of the three questions above.  It is great if they can rhyme the words, but it is OK if they cannot.

ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE PAPER:


Hand outline:

Each student traces an outline of their hand as a way of symbolically touching hands with the American child.

Student's name:

Each student writes their first name and age inside the tracing of the hand. For security purposes, students are not allowed to include any contact information.

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