Anyone who has suffered the effects of bullying knows that enduring the teasing and physical abuse can take its toll on their self-esteem as well as their academic progress. To combat bullies in your school, have your students represent their thoughts and feelings on bullying through several different art activities in class.
Before the activity, gather up as many magazines as you can get your hands on. Hand out the magazines, along with some glue, paper and scissors to the students. Tell them to cut out pictures, letters and anything else within the magazines that represents to them the idea of bullying and the victims of bullying. After everyone has finished creating their collages, let each present their pictures to the class and have them explain why they picked the pictures on the page. Then let everyone discuss their own battles with bullies--whether they have been the targets of bullying behaviours or the bullies themselves.
How Did You Feel?
Nearly everyone has had an insult directed at them sometime in their lives. Begin this activity by going around the class and asking the students an insult they had received as well as given in their lives. Ask the students to create a picture using various art supplies (crayons, water colour paints, coloured pencils, for example) depicting how they felt when they received the insult. Then, have them create a picture of how they felt when they gave an insult. After everyone has finished making their pictures, tell the students to hold up their pictures side-by-side for everyone to see. Look for differences between the two pictures and discuss everyone's interpretation of their art.
Get into the mind of a bully by having the children sculpt their ideas of bullies using play dough. Give each of the students some play dough and tell them to sculpt a piece of art that depicts the mind of a bully. The kids can sculpt literal representations of bullies, such as depicting an actual person.. Or they can sculpt something more abstract, such as a fist. Sit everyone down and discuss their pieces of art. Let the kids analyse the sculptures and talk with them about bullying behaviours and the reasons bullies use physical force or insults to hurt others.
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