Drawing with Mr. J is a new video series from WOSU Classroom that helps kids in grades K–5 learn social and emotional skills through brief and engaging drawing challenges. All you need is something to draw with and something to draw on!
Each video comes complete with a standards-aligned companion guide containing activities and resources for educators and parents. The videos can be worked into a variety of lesson plans, be used as a morning warm-up or a way to check-in with students after lunch or other transition times.
These activities align with Strategy number 7 of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education, Each Child, Our Future, which focuses on working to help schools meet the needs of the whole child.
Mr. J is providing weekly drawing challenges while schools are closed due to the pandemic. Check it out!
Drawing With Mr. J: Season 1
(New episodes released monthly)
Episode 1: Fruit Dance Party
Mr. J invites students to draw Fruit Dance Party as they identify how basic emotions, like happiness, show on our faces when we are having fun or trying something new. He discusses how sharing our emotions is important.
Video Companion: The video companion will help integrate the “Fruit Dance Party” drawing challenge into classroom activities. Download the video companion for the Fruit Dance Party video.
Episode 2: A Plant with a Face
Mr. J invites students to draw their own plant with a face, while he explores what it means to feel grumpy and prickly like a cactus. He shares personal strategies for processing this feeling as well as the importance of sharing our emotions with others.
Video Companion: The video companion will help integrate the “Plant with a Face” drawing challenge into classroom activities. Download the video companion for the Plant with a Face video.
Episode 3: A Donut Playing Sports
Mr. J invites students to draw A Donut Playing Sports as they explore the feelings associated with disappointment. He shares personal strategies for processing these emotions as well as the importance of sharing our experiences with others.
Video Companion: The video companion will help integrate the “Donut Playing Sports” drawing challenge into classroom activities. Download the video companion for the Donut Playing Sports video.
About Mr. J
Jonathan Juravich is an elementary art educator at Liberty Tree Elementary School and the 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year. His personal and professional focus is on the importance of Social and Emotional Learning in our daily lives. This is the topic of his many presentations, including his TED Talk “How Do We Teach Empathy.”