Students and I were inspired by Marc Chagall's "I and the Village" painting. We first discussed the meaning behind the piece, which was Chagall's recollection of his childhood village in Vitebsk and their mutual relationship with the animals and their link to the universe. Students analyzed how Chagall expressed that relationship in the context of the Elements and Principles of Design. For the execution, students drew their own profiles and an animal they felt a connection to as well as other important aspects of their life, such as their home and something they were attached to. Students first followed my demonstration of drawing their profiles and I was pleased to see that a few basic techniques went a long way! They looked so professional sitting with their clipboards and diligently recording each step. This lesson was also for the Original Art fundraiser (www.originalart.com). I will post more work as students finish them!