Friday, October 26, 2012

Seed Stories: The Sunflower Show


Three of the girls created storyboards for their sunflower stories and then decided to combine them into a larger sunflower story...which then morphed into the idea to create a Sunflower Show (also known as The Sunflower and the Girl).

I:  We're going to have bugs, sunflowers, worms, birds, and people in it - well, just one person.
K/I:  We're making worms and sunflowers!

The show will follow the large storyboard that they created 
with all their individual storyboards. 
K:  We're trying to tell the story of the sunflower growth book.

Each girl took her original storyboard, cut it apart into panels, and then reassembled them on a large poster board, combining each of the three stories to make a larger whole.  K's was first, and her narrative follows:

1:  This is K., age 6, and she's watering a seed. 
2:  The next day it's sunny and it starts to grow. 
3:  It's rainy, so the girl can't go outside and look at the sunflower, which she does everyday.  
4: Then there's a rainbow.  The rainbow comes because it's rainy and sunny.
5: Then it grows to its full height and she's happy.
6: This is when the sunflower starts to die.
7: It dies even more.
8/9:  The girl is sad.
10: She's eating dinner and looking at the sunflower in a vase, and she's sad because it's dead.
11:  Now she's about 60.  She's going to plant another sunflower. So she planted one.  
12/13: The tall one started to die.  Then both of them died.
14:  She's sleeping in bed and the sunflower is next to her.  
15/16:  The sunflowers are dying.
17:  Now she's 90 and
18:  the sunflowers are 91.

I's storyboard pictures capture the sunflower seed's full natural cycle, from seed, germination, growth, and death.  What is particularly captivating about her detail is that, in watching the time lapse video of the sunflowers growing, it is clear that she saw that two leaves shoot out bilaterally from the stem in alternating patterns as it grows.  At the end of her story, a trash can is present to contain the remains of the flower.

B's work restates this theme much more abstractly.  B. has always been drawn to using the actual seed as a visual medium in and of itself, and she here again includes a real seed, taping it to her storyboard as she relates its tale, from its immersion in the soil, to its emergence, growth, full flower, decay and decomposition.   

At the end of the tripartite storyboard, the trashcan reappears as the final talisman of finality in the cycle.  

Now that the storyboard is complete, the girls would like to move towards telling the story using movement.  I. has learned how to create origami flowers and is showing the other girls how to create origami construction paper sunflowers.



1 comment:

  1. This is beautiful. The process of story boarding reminds me of a comic strip. How incredible for them to combine their work into one piece with multiple parts, true collaboration. Thanks for sharing.

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