The Hoot Owls have been talking about their skin. They read the books The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and The Colors of Us by Karen Katz. In The Colors of Us, a little girl notices all the beautiful and different skin colors of the people in her community. Her mom is an artist and teaches her how to mix black, white, red and yellow paint to make the skin colors of the people that she sees for a collection of portraits.
The Hoot Owls worked on self-portraits and mixed their own skin colors trying to get as close as they could to their own shades. We found out that the black paint had too much green and blue in it so we tried brown paint instead. Next, the Hoot Owls looked in mirrors and added their eyes, nose, ears, mouth and hair. They also talked about the importance of their skin. Some Hoot Owls said, “It keeps your blood and bones inside.” Some Hoot Owls have broken bones and told us their harrowing tales!