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2nd Graders examined photos of the Aurora Borealis and discussed how the colors interact. Then using black and white chalk students rendered a realistic polar bear. Finally, using chalk pastel students tried to capture the beauty and movement of the northern lights applying their knowledge of different blending techniques. See more student work here: https://goo.gl/P3Yb2S. Check out the installation artwork created by Dan Acher we watched in class as inspiration for this project:
With this project 4th grade students were to use art to spread kindness. Students began by building an origami box to house their figure. Using their knowledge of portraiture and proportion students drew and shaded a self-portrait and background to fit into their box.
Finally, each class had a discussion of the impact a kind word or compliment could have on someone’s day. They were to write something meaningful and genuine in their speech bubble that would help spread kindness throughout Monroe. Check out the student's work here: https://goo.gl/9W5Hpp. Watch the video that inspired this project here:
3rd graders learned about the artist Norman Rockwell and his Saturday Evening Post covers. Students examined parodies of different Rockwell's painting and the elements of a parody. Finally, students created their own “Triple Self-Portrait," adding objects to their canvas that represent their favorite things or objects that define them. Click here to see the student's final work: https://goo.gl/y6pfuY. See our inspiration and some other Triple Self-Portrait parodies below.
Fifth grade students learned about a group of contemporary ceramicists and current ceramic tends. We looked closely at the artist Carrianne Hendrickson, shown below. Student started their piece with a pinch then added features and textures to turn their pot into an animal of their choice. Check out the student work here https://goo.gl/4yD8hj
Fourth grade students learned the history of emoji's, pictographs and symbols. Then students wrote down the emotions they feel on a good and bad day then matched these emotions to an emoji's. Finally, they learned about printmaking and the printmaking process and created emoji prints on painted paper. See the student's art on Artsonia here: https://goo.gl/cBbYTn
In conjunction with the second grade immigration unit, students learned about the Statue of Liberty. I introduced the designer, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and engineer/architect Gustave Eiffel. We talked about symbolism and how the Statue of Liberty symbolized freedom to Ellis Island immigrants. We played a game where students had to guess a book by it's symbol, try to guess the example below! Students then filled out a worksheet to help them come up with an object and book that they felt symbolized them. Finally, they drew themselves with their symbols as the Statue of Liberty and created a cityscape background using printmaking techniques.
Inspired by artist Henri Rousseau, students created a jungle scene with an animal of their choice. Students chose an animal and followed a directed drawing on the iPads. Then they created a background using watercolor pencils and markers. Finally, they collaged jungle leaves on top to disguise their animal like Rousseau does in his paintings, shown below.