A big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate student work and support our Empty Bowls project at our annual art show. Participants enjoyed a humble bowl of soup and took away a piece of the ceramic bowl installation made by students to raise awareness and funds for the UN World Food Programme. If you missed the opening, the show will continue to be exhibited to the public until June 2nd and bowls are still available with donation.
Check out all the exciting projects we'll get up to in our final quarter for this year!
One of the art standards we achieve in Grade 1art is about applying meaning to and discussing works of art created in the classroom while focusing on selected elements of art (e.g., shape/form, texture, line, color). Introducing students to the art critique is a great way to get them thinking about what they do, how to give constructive feedback, and how we can "read" an artwork. This can sometimes be a frustrating experience for little learners though, especially those who are new to English and struggling to pick up essential vocabulary. This simple activity was the most successful version I've tried.
Students were given "stickers"of the elements of art we focused on in their giraffe paintings : line, color. and pattern. We laid out the paintings around the room and walked around looking for the work of art we thought was the best example of line while a song played. When the music stopped, students put their sticker on the chosen art work and returned to their seats. We repeated the process for color and pattern. When everyone had finished we looked at the work of the students who had the most stickers in each category and discussed why we thought they were successful. Everyone seemed thrilled to have achieved a sticker from their classmates (everyone got at least one from one of the categories) and ELL students enjoyed sharing their work. I was thrilled to see how students were noticing many ways to use those elements of art successfully.
We had a little help from their favorite song to get excited about moving around.
In our inquiry "Sharing the Planet," grade 1 students looked at some important and endangered animals that we share our planet's resources with. We looked at some photos of sea turtles and how artists use careful looking to break down objects in to basic shapes and can add color and details from source images. We used glue to outline the lines of our drawing to create a raised texture which made a nice barrier to fill in our shapes with the wonderfully messy chalk pastels. We tried using analagous colour "neighbours" to blend together and tried to show the difference in texture in the shell and the body.
Grade 1 students explored the work of Van Gogh so that they could describe and replicate repeated patterns in nature, in the environment, and in works of art. We identified and described the characteristics of a landscape and noticed how Van Gogh created texture and mood. Using short strokes with oil pastels and a watercolor resist students had a lot of success creating the texture and mood they observed.
Grade 1 has finished their vibrant studies of the colorful world of Henri Matisse. Students focused on creating organic shapes in the style of the modern art master to create an interior scene with an active composition and intense colors. Emphasis was placed on applying colors with good technique and striving for good craftsmanship.
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