Grades 1-5 Art

Category: Art Element: Pattern

Third Grade: HWEO: Storytelling through Art

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Please refer to the blog post dated 8 December to understand the context of this blog post. As a reminder, this is a transdisciplinary unit (How We Express Ourselves” with the shared Central Idea: ‘Through examining the arts, people gain insight into culture’. 

Third Grade Learners have continued to investigate the question “How does art help us to understand the lives of people of different times, places and cultures?” by focusing on the dot paintings of the Australian aboriginal people. The majority of students now recognise the symbols in the work and understand that the stories they tell, relate to cultural beliefs, environmental factors and lifestyles.

Students have thoroughly enjoyed creating their own dot paintings. These artworks are not intended to recreate an aboriginal style painting at all. But rather to gain experience with new materials (Tempera on canvas). To allow for some individual creativity and artistic knowledge and skills, they have been encouraged to select their own thoughtful color combinations and make choices to include symbols they have learned, or to create their own to tell a short story. There has been much freedom, with the focus on controlling the materials and tools. Their Seesaw post should demonstrate some reflective thinking, inclusive of challenges they met and strategies for improvement.

Lola’s Seesaw Post demonstrates her understanding that symbols in a work can reveal a story. She also discusses her choice of color combinations, the challenges she met and strategies for improvement.

Click here to view/hear Lola’s Seesaw Post

Please enjoy the video below of students at work and some final artworks.


Third Grade: HWEO Exploring Culture Through Art

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Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context: Relate: Relate artistic ideas with Societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding. (National Core Art Standards) PYP Phase 2 Responding: Investigate the purposes of artwork from different times, places and a range of cultures including their own

Both in their home room class, and art, Third Grade have begun the transdisciplinary unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves. This means we address the same Key Concepts of Connection and Perspective, through the Central idea that ‘Through examining the arts, people gain insight into culture’. 

Considering questions such as “What is culture? How is culture expressed through the arts? What are some expressions of culture? And how does art help us understand the lives of people of different times, places and cultures (National Core Art Standards), and in addition to exposure to a variety of cultural reflections through the arts in their homeroom, art students have begun to specifically observe Australian Aboriginal Dot Paintings. Discussions around the meaning of ‘The Dreamtime’ lead to some wonderful and respectful listening to, and speaking about, various third grade multicultural theories/perspectives, about the beginning of time and creation.

To assist immediate engagement, students have been provided the opportunity to simply practise the very enjoyable activity of creating dot marks, while observing details in some Australian Aboriginal art works. While doing so, students have been exposed to music of the Didgeridoo, and listened to Dreamtime Stories such as Ka-ro-ra (an Aboriginal Creation Myth) The Rainbow Serpent, Tiddalik the Frog, How the Kangaroos Got their Tails, and How the Birds got their Colors.

As we move into the next stage of the unit, students are beginning to notice a common thread of symbols within the works and questions are starting to emerge regards their meaning, and ways in which they might help us to understand stories, beliefs and/or lifestyles.

For now, I leave you with a video of our first two lessons, and examples of some beautiful exploratory work happening in the art room. Enjoy!


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