Yesterday, Feb 23, we had our Third Grade trip to MIA to see selected works from the Native American collection, and everyone was just great! The time always flies by so fast and the kids asked such great questions.
We have been working really hard on our applehead dolls! We started these by carving apples, stringing them on wire, dipping them into lemon juice and sprinking them all over thickly with salt and then dangling them over newspaper for a few weeks to dry and shrink. While they shrank, students twisted wire and fabric together and learned how to design and sew clothing for their figures. Hair, eyes, hands and feet have all been added, and other accessories.
Students have been finishing up props and backgrounds and writing a tiny bio for their figures. They will all be on display in the glass cases just outside the artroom by next week. Come on up and take a look! See if you can figure out their occupation before reading about it!
We are working hard on our circus performers and acts in 4th grade- after viewing Alexander Calder's "Cirque De Calder" and discussing six basic Simple Machines (lever, wheel and axel, pulley, inclined plane, wedge, and screw), students started planning and designing their own performers. Go ahead and ask them to describe these machines to you!
Here's some photos of students learning how to use the tools and create their performers~
Great way to start our new school year! We are looking at birds and the natural world in 3rd grade art, and one of our first projects will be our seed art birds. As a prelude, we've made these 3D paper birds, decorated with line and pattern, and we've created a paper animation for each third grade class! Ask your student which bird is theirs~
We really enjoyed Hunderwasser's architectural concepts, and the idea of building a small model of a house is appealing to just about everyone! Imagine if you were an inch tall, what kind of sweet little abode would you want to live in?
Students made their roofs from a pinch pot, and then used a slab to create the body of the house, cutting windows and doors and adding texture to both before finally adding the glazes. They were surprised at their resulting colors!
And the photos below are from our last 4th grade art project, a directed Abstraction with markers and oil pastels and watercolor. The kids really enjoyed it!