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Walter Ellison


Walter Ellison “Train Station”

1st Grade- February



Walter Ellison on Wikipedia

Art Inst. of Chicago Walter Ellison

Art Inst. of Chicago Train Station video

Artwork Resource packet on Train Station

Art Awareness on Ellison

No books available at local libraries on Walter Ellison.


Ellison presentation & Ellison prezi

Another Ellison presentation & prezi

Optional: Read The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence.  You can find this book in the “Water Ellison” bag in the supply cabinet.

Teacher Handout:

Ellison handout

Art Project Ideas:

Printable train craft from (IDEA: kids can write where they want to move or vacation to on the train)

Train printable and suitcase for kids to complete.  They can draw what they would bring with them to their destination in the suitcase.  They can write where they want to move or vacation to on the train.  Here’s a completed example.

Name train art project



Notes from Previous Presentations 

Please contribute your comments, helpful suggestions, websites, presentations, art project ideas to the above link.  The kids and future volunteers would benefit so much.  THANKS!


Photos from Previous Presentations

Please share any pictures or videos you took during your presentation.  They can be uploaded to the above link.  Pictures can also be sent to parents through the Seesaw app.  Please contact the classroom teacher for more info. THANKS!

The presentation should not take more than 20 minutes.  Feel free to talk more about the artist while the kids are doing the art project.  Allow students at least 30 minutes to do the art project.  Asking for about 1 hour total should give you enough time without rushing.

If volunteers are in short supply, consider combining all the first graders for the presentation into one classroom.  (You will need to ask the personal opinions of the teachers to see if it would work with kids of their age and temperament.)  After the presentation, the kids can return to their respective classrooms to do the art project.  There will need to be at least one parent volunteer in each class during the art project.  More time should be scheduled with the combined classroom setup.

For whatever art project you do, please be sure to check on availability of supplies from PIA cabinet or art room well ahead of time so they can be ordered at a discounted price.  If you end up buying your own supplies, please be sure to submit an expense voucher to be reimbursed so we can keep track of actual expenses.