Miss Jane's class is working on collaboratively painting large African animals. Be sure to ask them about the elephant, ostrich, giraffe, and zebra they are creating for the Art and Literature Faire. The children shared a book with me they read in class with Miss Jane about the beautiful weavings of a special spider who inspired the weavers in the village to create what is known today as Kente cloth. I was the student and they were the teachers! It was awesome hearing what they wanted me to know. The story transitioned beautifully into the art of patterns and design with paper and marker. We sat in a circle and took turns encouraging each other to draw zig-zag and line patterns. Next week we will begin cutting and weaving, similar to African textiles!
Grade 1 & 2
Mrs. Taylor's class is diving into the coral reef off the coast of Madagascar! These kids are creating a tidal wave of sea creatures and really cool sea life. It has been a pleasure watching them get so excited about life under water and recreate the delicate ecosystem in their very own classroom. In art, we have begun making fish out of recycled bottles, tissue paper, and modge podge. Next, we will add the final touches to make them come alive. ;) Can't wait to see their creations 'swimming' in their classroom!
Third grade gets ready for the Africa-themed Art and Literature Faire
with their baby giraffe, Gerald.
with their baby giraffe, Gerald.
Third graders worked cooperatively to build this baby giraffe. What began as a pile of raw materials, including metal, wood, chicken wire, newspaper, and tape, took recognizable shape and was soon getting hugs and being named. With teamwork and perseverance, they were pleasantly met with success in the form of the giraffe they had envisioned. And although it is unfinished, these kids have such pride in their accomplishment, as they should. What an honor it is to witness this process!
Mrs. Z's class has been wonderfully busy learning about color and line. They have experimented with name design, color blocking, and patterning. We also worked with primary, secondary, warm, and cool colors. They are inquisitive and highly motivated to learn. I love that! And they like listening to music while they work. :) Next up, we will be undertaking the vast plains in Africa... and working on the backdrop for their idea to recreate the wildlife sanctuary they have been learning about in class. The Art and Literature Faire is coming up fast, so we are very busy. As a special bonus, we are so excited to have a special guest artist coming to class on the 8th! Josh's mom, Alyssa, has offered to come share her methods and materials with the 4th graders to create a very cool, collaborative project. We are so excited!! Thank you so much, Alyssa!
Miss Blodgett's fifth graders are studying Nigera in preparation of this year's Art and Literature Faire. They have learned about traditional and ceremonial clothing and textiles and have decided to create a male and female Nigerian cut-out standee of each. Here comes a photo-op... Say Cheese!
During project time, our fifth graders are learning the art of communication, among other things, through teamwork. We are discovering what it means to compromise and work together to achieve something great. In this case, we talked about our color choices, design, texture options, whether or not to include jewelry, background ideas, and construction logistics. We didn't always get our way, but we're learning that when we have open minds and are willing to listen to one another, the outcome can still be great, and sometimes better than we originally thought. I am so proud of these smART, creative kids. We closed our class today talking about personal growth through disappointment. In life, we may not feel the growth, but it is happening. It's happening each day as we strive for our personal best.
Miss Nancy's class works hard on their life-size self-portraits...
Miss Lynn C's students busy making exotic birds for the Art and Literature Faire...
Miss Lynn's class has been busy working on Anansi the Spider for the Art and Literature Faire and the
elements of shape and texture...
Miss Amy's class learned the importance of just being yourself with the book, Just Be You, the story of a little zebra who wanted his stripe, just like everyone else. He thought if he acted like the others, he would get a stripe like the others. But alas, he has to be patient and be himself. While he is busy doing that, he notices one day that his very own stripe has appeared! It is perfect, just for him. Following the book, the kids made their own zebras, with their own distinct stripes. Check them out when you enter the school... They're hanging in the hallway.
After School Art smART
We have fun while learning!
Oh Model Magic, how we adore thee!