Russell Kahn’s Adaptive Art class recently interpreted one of Eric Carle’s painting/collages from “Draw Me a Star.” The Camden Hills Regional High School students used construction paper and tempera paint instead of tissue paper and acrylics, but the artistic process was the same.

The class spent time creating an inventory of colored paper with a variety of texture and mark-making using brushes, sponges, forks, etc. The students cut from the painted paper and regular construction paper; then cut and tore; and finally glued the shapes down.

The Adaptive Art class was implemented a few years ago by Kahn for students who may need more one-to-one guidance with their art. The goal for this project was to have the students develop the picture “and if it made a left turn, we would go with it,” said Kahn, who credited ed techs Herb Cole and Kelly Robie with helping make the project possible.

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