Grades 1-5 Art

Category: Gr5 PYPX

Fifth Grade: PYP Exhibition 2019

Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves, PYP Key Concept: Perspective

Central Idea: Collaborative Inquiry is a journey which empowers students to demonstrate life-long skills and dispositions which lead to action.

Line of Inquiry: Artists work together use creativity to raise awareness of matters that are important to them.

CONGRATULATIONS to Fifth Grade students as they reach the final stages of their exhibition work. The PYPX Art Station has been buzzing with collaborative artistic activity as many have chosen various art forms to help express ideas and findings. We look forward to hearing about your learning journey and future action steps on matters which have become important to you.

Feel free to take a selfie at our Yayoi Kusama work. Good luck with your presentation! (More photos of students at work to be posted on Seesaw)





Fifth Grade Student Led Conferences: 28 March 2019

Fifth Grade students should invite parents to visit the art room and the ES Lobby Area to discuss any aspect of their learning journey in art. As they are currently in the throws of their Exhibition work, one important area for discussion could include the child’s reflection, regarding how he/she might ‘use creativity to raise awareness of matters important to them’ (Gr 5 PYPX Line of Inquiry). Discussions around the joys and challenges of collaborative work would also be of great value. The following guiding questions/discussion points have been provided. However, it is entirely up to the child, how he/she chooses to share his/her learning with you. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.



Fifth Grade: Reflection, Art Forms & Free Choice!

Having completed their collaborative art stations, the last few lessons involve a final personal reflection and consideration regards most prefered art forms. Students have been required to reflect on at least one art experience in reasonable depth, and post this to Seesaw. They are required to identify the name of the art form, and discuss the process and any challenges they met along the way. Challenges can be in the form of application of knowledge and skills, or the experience of working with others. Seesaw posts should demonstrate the students ability to speak or write about their work, making good use of art vocabulary, and also an explanation of strategies they may have employed to overcome difficulties. As this is a ‘final presentation’ of work, rather than a documented moment, students have also been encouraged to carefully consider visual presentation. ‘Bad photo, Good photo’ discussions incorporate consideration of art elements and principles, such as emphasis, contrast, and use of space.

During the last couple of lessons students have been allowed to further explore the opportunity whichever medium interests them most. They are also encouraged to use computers to research additional art forms, and discover new skills, techniques and possibilities. This final exposure to a wide variety of art forms is helping students tune into their preferred media, as the begin to consider how they might incorporate Visual Art in their upcoming PYP Exhibition.

The gallery below provides examples of some great ‘presentation shots’ (created by students) and students engaging in their personal media exploration choice.

Fifth Grade PYPX: Dear ‘Next Artist’…

Week Two of art rotations is complete and things are gaining momentum. Some artworks are appearing successful, some not. We shall need to gather some community feedback after the February Break. Our first week was exciting and energetic, and most students had the opportunity to explore two or more art forms. In recent days, we have taken a breather. A quick reflection: What is happening here? In some cases random acts of creativity, not necessarily connected to what has gone before.  Is this one big paint festival?! What was our original goal? Students are becoming increasingly aware of the power of individual contribution, for the good of the collective whole and the need for communication with their collaborative peers from other classes. Now, as they leave the room, notes are being eagerly written, for the ‘next artist’, with intention to inform him/her of their thinking, in hope that the next contribution to the work, may be more effective. From this we can see a sense of pride and camaraderie developing. A splendid new development this week! Here below, some ‘Dear next artist…’ letters and some video clips from the last couple of days. Wishing you all a rested holiday.


Fifth Grade: Artists as Change Makers

(Videos in this post may be easier to view from a laptop or PC)

Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves, PYP Key Concept: Perspective

Central Idea: Collaborative Inquiry is a journey which empowers students to demonstrate life-long skills and dispositions which lead to action.

Line of Inquiry: Artists work together use creativity to raise awareness of matters that are important to them.

Note: Our line of Inquiry strives to place emphasis on three things: Collaboration, Change Makers, Global Issues & Citizenship.

Welcome back! This is going to be a long blog post (student video at end of this post). My aim is to enlighten you, as best possible regards this year’s strong integration of art and the upcoming Grade 5 PYP Exhibition (PYPX). As you may know, during the latter part of this school year, students will be involved in in a personal investigation of their choice. Groups will be organised according to interest and students will involve themselves in a collaborative process of inquiry, and be required to present their learning journey to the whole school community.  This is the culminating learning experience of your child’s elementary school experience and very exciting! Please do not contact home room teachers regards this, at this moment in time. You will be introduced to specific details at the scheduled time, after February break. However, as the Fifth Grade art rotation began last week, and shall continue until Mid-March, art class is currently helping to prepare students to ‘tune in’ to the idea of investigating a PYP transdisciplinary theme, Central Idea, Concept, make specific connections with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and to develop an understanding that there are a variety of art forms, which they could choose to utilize, later.

Identifying Transdisciplinary Themes, PYP Concepts and UN Sustainable Development Goals

During our first week of art class, through close observation/analysis of various artworks, students had the opportunity to clarify their understanding of the PYP Transdisciplinary Themes and Concepts and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They have begun to consider how art can be used as a means of raising awareness of such issues.

Students have been exposed to the work or artists who clearly have something to say. Completely open to personal interpretation, students have worked as a whole class, to seek meaning, and identify the Transdisciplinary Theme, PYP Concepts and UN Sustainable Goal in various artworks. So far we have specifically observed the work of Jo Atherton, Yayoi Kusama and Von Wong. 

Exposure to a variety of art making forms

During week two and three, students are being reminded that art comes in a variety of forms, such as painting, drawing, construction, collage, and photography. The intention here is to open their minds to the various media which they could use, if they choose to, as a means of expression during their upcoming personal learning journey. It is already a busy and exciting time, as students have rotated through teacher directed, art stations. All classes are contributing to the same stations. They are reminded to constantly keep in mind, the question “How can I use creativity to express a matter which is important to me?”

PYP Attitudes/Attributes (Learner Profile)

Incorporated into all, is consideration of the PYP Learner Profile. A shared painting can be a challenge and cause great frustration when a partner removes, changes, or transforms an area of a work with which you held a moment of great pride. A strong sense of perseverance, and acceptance is required  and students are being encouraged to be responsible and caring in their approach to all. I am pleased to report, that to date, a large percentage of students are demonstrating high levels of positivity in this regard. In fact, as the week has progressed, excited students have returned to art class before or after school, or during recess, simply to observe the new development that has occured during their time away.


Reflection and evaluation comes quite naturally. The art room can be noisy at times,  as students are constantly engaged in talking to each other about what is working and what is not. As we are in the the early stages, some guidance is required in some instances, as they self and peer evaluate. Positive and constructive feedback is encouraged as they make collaborative decisions regards their next steps with the work. At the end of each lesson, a whole class moment of reflection is required, where students discuss challenges met, and any strategies they may be devising to overcome this.

Next Steps

The entire Fifth Grade are working rapidly. It has been amazing to see! For all of us, there are moments or great joy, and moments of disappointment. An artwork can be fabulous one minute, and ruined the next! Tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance, open mindedness, and perseverance are our words of the week! Two weeks of planned work is well under way, and in these early days students are requesting more. Together, we are making decision regards the introduction of new stations. And together, we shall decide, later in the year, and as a result of community feedback, which of our collaborative works we agree to being ‘presentable’ for the exhibition.

Below, I share two videos. Von Wong’s ‘The Last Straw’ and his artwork ‘The Parting of the Plastic Seas’, and a video of Fifth Grade artists at work.


Fifth Grade Action: PYPX

(YouTube Videos may be easier to view from PC or Laptop)

Welcome back. We hope you enjoyed a restful holiday. Excitement builds now, as Fifth Grade students move towards the GOING FURTHER/ACTION stage of the inquiry process.

Those who have chosen to use creativity to raise awareness of their findings, have collaborated, and submitted their group proposals (for those who have not, there is still time to do so). These students may begin to use the PYPX Action Station at times negotiated with their teacher.

This is a fine opportunity for students to be demonstrating the PYP Learner Profile. In this workspace, we encourage students to be principled, responsible, respectful and caring in particular, towards the environment, materials/tools, and each other.

As they become ready to initiate this stage of creation, they will view the following information, to assist them in their development of good organisational skills. Wishing students all the best in ‘taking action’!

Fifth Grade PYPX & Art

This week marks the end of Fifth Grade’s scheduled art time. The last six weeks have been exciting and productive. During the last couple of lessons students have been provided the opportunity to explore art forms of their choice. Some have chosen to paint, some to draw, and some to construct with safe use of glue guns. Now, as PYPX has been officially launched, students are working together in their classrooms to define questions and their upcoming weeks of research.

Today, during the Village Meeting, Fifth Grade was presented with information regarding how they can apply their learning from art class, to their final PYPX. The following points have been outlined:

  • Using art, as part of their final exhibition is a choice, not compulsory
  • Groups will work collaboratively, share ideas and establish roles
  • It may be that only one or two students from a group will choose to use art
  • Students who choose to use art, must submit a proposal to me, after 26 March (around the time of ‘going further, and taking action’)
  • Upon teacher/student agreement, they may start
  • Students will negotiate time to use the PYP Action Station (outside the art room) with their HR teachers
  • Students will be supported in their independent work at the PYP Action Station
  • Students will demonstrate that they can be caring, respectful and responsible with art materials, tools and workspace

Wishing students all the best with their upcoming learning journey. Below, some photos of students working on their ‘free choice’ exploration of art forms this week.

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