First Grade: Who We Are

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Parents will be aware that First Grade students are currently working on the Unit of Inquiry ‘Who We Are’, which is ‘an inquiry into the nature of the self, with a focus on culture. This is a transdisciplinary unit, which means that Specialist Subject teachers, as well as classroom teachers, have carefully planned lessons together, around the Central Idea ‘Exploring culture allows people to develop their sense of identity and make connections’. In art we are working along the Line of Inquiry ‘Motif designs in fabrics and everyday objects come in identifiable forms’ and that ‘Culture is connected to identity’. With the Key Concept of Connection, we also focus on the Related Concepts of Identity, Culture and Diversity. 

During the first few art classes students have been working through the investigational/finding out stage of the inquiry cycle by observing motifs, repetition and pattern in various cultural designs. Through observational drawing, students are exposed to a number of designs, specific to various cultures, and have been encouraged to notice the style and its use of nature, geometric and organic shape. Students have been asked to open their eyes to designs they may find in their home, beit in curtains, carpets, clothes, plates, cups, and question the origin of the design with parents. Some indeed, have made strong connections.

Introducing new media, developing skills, and creative thinking.

For the last three weeks, working on a rotation, students have had the opportunity to explore the use of ink stamps, Indian wood blocks with paint, and paper cut outs, while they experiment with creating their own motifs, pattern and repetition. They have been required to use the materials appropriately, and carefully consider arrangements of shape and color. Watch this space for following information in upcoming weeks, as students continue to practise printmaking and become designers themselves.

 

First Grade: Gallery

After a long process, many first grade final artworks are coming along nicely. A quick gallery update and news to follow soon.

Second Grade: Painting – Lollipop Trees

The Second Grade Painting ‘Lollipop Trees’ is complete and ready for viewing near to the Elementary Office. All students have contributed to this work by adding their personal touch to the Van Gogh & Hundertwasser inspired background: artists who found innovative ways to express ideas through line, shape, color and repetition in particular. All students individually created the circular section of a lollipop tree, though not all have completed this work. We hope to find some time for ‘catch up’. To create this work students have used only primary colors to create their own gradations of secondary colors. This work focused on color theory and skills practise only. Students are now working on making more personal connections through creativity, in the medium of clay.

Second Grade: Painting

(Images borrowed from: www.hundertwasser.com and Pixabay)

Second Grade students have been busy bees in the art room. They have begun by observing the vibrant work of Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Slides) and discussing his use of the art (and design) elements, line, color, shape, repetition and pattern in both his architectural designs and paintings. Through this, and specific analysis of his ‘lollipop trees’, students have practised basic mixing of primary colors to create secondary (ie. Red + Yellow = Orange) and focusing more so, on varying ratios of color, in order to create tertiary colors (ranges of yellow-orange, red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, yellow-green and blue-green). Students have worked independently, practising the skills of color mixing and brush control while mimicking the style of Hundertwasser lollipop trees and further applied these to a large group work – a basic forest landscape with Van Gogh inspired skies (currently still in progress) Art lessons to date have involved investigation, exploration and skills practise only. The creative element of the art process shall be our next step through drawing and possibly a relief work in medium of clay. Please enjoy these photos from the last couple of weeks.

First Grade: Identity through Cultural Design

Welcome back to school! We hope you had a great holiday and are excited to be working with you this new school year, 2017-18.  Please take a moment to subscribe to this First Grade Art Blog, in order to receive email notifications of class updates. Simply enter your email in the box provided, to the right of this page. Also for details regards the nature of our program, please click on the tab above, named ‘Visual Arts Curriculum’

We start the year with a Transdisciplinary Unit. This means that class teachers and I are working closely in planning the current Unit of Inquiry – Who We Are. The PYP Central Idea, being addressed in both class and art class is as follows ‘Exploring culture allows people to develop a sense of self and make connections with others’. Such integration allows for students to make powerful connections in multiple subject areas.

During the next few weeks, First Grade artists will be involved in an inquiry into cultural identity through design. We will be looking at motifs and pattern in particular. Parents can help by drawing awareness to cultural patterns/motifs/designs which may be found at home or any familiar environment, helping students to develop an awareness and appreciation of the visual characteristics found in design from their own culture or that of others. We shall be using art vocabulary to describe motifs and patterns – whether they consist of images of nature (animals, birds or plants) or decorative shapes (geometric, or organic). Specific art vocabulary to note: Motif, pattern, line, geometric shape, organic shape, color, and repetition.

Students have already begun to draw from observation and this week, will begin some basic printmaking with use of traditional Indian woodblocks, and regular stamps, with which they can create a variety of patterns on paper.

Thank you for your attention and please stay tuned!