4th grade students began this project by learning about product design, graphic design and packaging design. We talked about the way art and design are used to help create and sell products. With this knowledge students were tasked with creating their own cereal-type product and packaging design. Finally, using the Animation App and Superimpose app, they each created a cereal animation showcasing their design and product.
To begin this project class had a discussion about the impact a kind word or compliment could have on someone’s day. We learned about the Kindness project, a worldwide art project aimed to spread kindness (click here to learn more). Each student tried to come up with 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.
Students built 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.
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4th-grade students learned about the artist, writer, director, animator, and producer Tim Burton. Students studied his paintings, sculptures and some of the characters from his films, specifically his stop motion animation figures. Next, students learned about special effects make-up and process of prosthetic sculpting, molding and casting techniques used to create advanced cosmetic effects. Using all this as inspiration and their previous knowledge of ceramic techniques students created a textured dragon eye and face.
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4th-grade students learned about one-point perspective and the rules of atmospheric perspective. We then discussed different places artwork can be displayed and how artists showcase their work. Using their new knowledge of perspective they each created an art gallery with a theme and paintings to go along with that theme.
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Students critiqued and analyzed the work of contemporary artist Jean Paul Basquiat specifically the way he combines text and images to formulate his thoughts. The student compared and contrasted the work of Basquiat and rapper Macklemore using an interview with the rapper and the song lyrics. Students created a portrait using words and images that represent their daily thoughts and made decisions on word placement and color choices.
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4th grade students began by looking at the work of watercolor artist J.M. Turner. They then chose a landscape to use as inspiration and sketched their photo on to watercolor paper. Next, using the Richeson Watercolors purchased for the art room by our wonderful PTO, students experimented with different watercolor techniques they had learned about in the past. This was an opportunity for students to work and rework, assess and work more to get the results they were proud of.
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Work of J.M.W. Turner
Ms. Golden's Example:
Fourth graders learned about sign language, ASL and the deaf community. We watched music videos in sign language and discussed the difference between spoken English and American Sign Language. Then students used clay to sculpt a hand depicting a sign that they could relate to. Some students added an object to represent the sign or their connection to the sign. See the video we watched in class below. Click here to see more student work.
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