Student curators, goal statements and an elephant parade are just a few ways we've started off to a great year in art class!
Each class began the year using my new Curator Board. The bulletin board in my classroom has been transformed into a gallery wall, with several empty frames. Throughout the year students will be curating their own work, the work of their peers and the work of famous artists.
Fourth grade students are currently learning about art from India. We've practiced drawing elephants from a distance and close-up. Students drew an elephant from the side and a frontal view. We looked at images of elephants in India, and noticed the bright decorations used for celebrations.
We watched the following video from the Elephant Festival in Jaipur:
Students will create two elephant paintings. The first is a close-up elephant portrait, and the second is a landscape painting featuring a side-view of an elephant. Students will decorate both elephants with designs inspired by elephants from India! Here are my teaching examples for each project:
Students have started drawing their elephant portraits and I am thrilled with how great they look so far!
Fifth grade students started the year off learning about artist, Kehinde Wiley. Wiley creates contemporary portraits inspired by the poses in traditional Baroque paintings. Students will select their own Baroque pose for an altered photograph project and create a unique overlapping pattern inspired by Wiley.
We watched the following Kehinde Wiley interview to learn more about the artist:
I asked students to write a goal statement regarding what they hoped to learn, produce, or achieve by the end of this project. The goal statements were written on the student's unit newsletter which will go home to parents shortly.
Each class watched the following video to learn more about the history of rose windows:
Each student has been sketching ideas for their rose window-inspired artwork on paper. The final project will be done on a round piece of cardboard. They are creating some really amazing designs!
Here are examples of what students have accomplished so far!
Fifth grade students recently began their study of Medieval Art. They have been learning about visual narratives, and how art can tell a story, all year in art class. I introduced them to the 16th-century Stirling Castle in Scotland, where we discovered the beautifully carved Stirling Heads.
Each student was asked to create a ceramic plaque of.their personal hero. They listed three honorable qualities, three physical characteristics, and three symbols to describe their hero. Students first planned on paper before applying their design to clay.
Students used a slab-construction method to create a relief sculpture of their personal heroes. They added details with bits of clay and carvings. Each student created a ring a symbols around their hero.
Below is a video clip we watched in class to better experience the Stirling Castle:
Below is a video-demonstration of slab-construction:
Below are student examples, from start to finish:
"My dad is my hero because he helps me with homework, and he builds and flies planes."
"My mom is my hero because she works in a hospital, helps people, and she is very nice."
"My dad is my hero because he is smart, kind and fun."
"My grandma is my hero because she is very nice, always gives me candy, and cares for me when I am sick."
All of our fifth grade students will showcase their hero plaques at this year's "Night at the Gallery" district art show on Friday, May 2nd. We hope to see you there!
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