AAS Elementary Art

Grades 1-5 Art

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4 December 2020: First, Second & Third Grade

As we return to Hybrid next week, students shall receive in their teacher’s weekly schedule a NEW virtual studio. On days that students are at home, they should explore this studio and select an activity to try. This studio allows students to choose from the following:

  • I am and Artist: Allows students to work on personal interests in an art form of their choice
  • I am Detective Dot: Allows students to closely observe and recreate well known works of art
  • Step by Step: Allows students to follow tutorials by the very popular Cassie Stephens
  • Famous Artists: Allows students to hear a little about the life and work of some well known artists, with a follow up activity to try (credit to Color My Monday)

Any work inspired by these links should be posted to the Penguin Art Gallery.

First Grade: Monday 30 November 2020

We are thrilled to welcome First Grade back to school this week! This means we can all use paint in the studio environment. This is very exciting! We shall continue the work we started during Distance Learning. That is to OBSERVE the illustrations of Eric Carle. Students will observe closely and respond to questions “What do you see, and what more do you see?”, specifically noting his use of the art elements, color, shape, line and texture, In addition, to speculating “How might the artist have created this work?” In order to support this work, it would be most helpful if students are exposed to as much of his work as possible. Please find, in Seesaw Activities, five Eric Carle Read Alouds. If you are seeking something for story time, these would be a great choice!

16 – 27 November: Information: Distance Learning Art

Photo: Stock Photos from Undrey/Shutterstock

Distance Learning starts again Monday 16 November. Parents will have received detailed information from our Elementary School Office and Home Room Teachers. Our togetherness as a community is as strong as ever and we thank you for your continued support.

You will have received information about our ES Enhanced Schedule, which has been modeled to ensure less screen time and more time for creating! Here are a few bullet points, from our Art Studio Perspective.

  • Please ensure your child is sitting upright, at a table or desk, complete with their art materials, in good time for the start of the art lesson.
  • The length of art class is the same as in hybrid, in that Gr 1-5 have one hour allocated for art. However, KG – Gr 2 will receive a maximum of 30 minutes screen time and Gr 3-5 a maximum of 40 minutes. The remainder of the art time is for students to work independently, away from the screen.
  • The screen time will depend on the lesson, grade level, and mostly how the students are responding at the time. In some cases, it may only be 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Ms Helen, Marina or Lyudmila, or all three, will be present to greet the students and introduce the lesson and outline expectations.
  • Students will be required to upload a photo of their work at the end of the art time, inclusive of a title, to explain it.
  • They may also spend more time on their art in the afternoon, if they have time.
  • The absolute deadline for students to upload to Seesaw is 3.30pm. We always reinforce the importance of documenting process. Therefore, students will upload what they have done, even if it is not finished.
  • Students are encouraged to keep all the work they do, in a safe place near their work station. They may need it at a later date.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email, should you have any questions.

Welcome back to school!

Welcome back to school! We have completed our first 12 day cycle and all students Grades 1-5 have had an opportunity to get accustomed to our newly arranged art studio. In fact, it looks much the same as before. The difference being, the socially distanced seating, and more than usual, individualised sets of materials in order to adhere to AAS safety procedures. Students have already demonstrated high levels of responsibility by sanitizing hands upon entry and exit, wearing their masks appropriately, staying seated in their ‘space’, and touching only what is necessary for their learning. They have already learned to place used items at our ‘cleaning station’ and learned to disinfect their table/chair before the end of the lesson. Bravo artists!

During Hybrid, you will have noticed that on the ‘home’ days, students have been provided a link to the Virtual Art Studio (pictures above). This allows students to freely engage in aspects of art which is of specific interest to them. Due to their experience with our choice based art program last year, our Grade 2-5 students are already familiar with independently setting up a workspace, generating their own ideas for art works, engaging in research, creating, presenting and reflecting. Those who are interested to create their own art at home are encouraged to upload photos of it to our Penguin Art Gallery. The link to this is found by clicking on Penguin Art Gallery Image, on the homepage of the Virtual Art Studio. Sharing their work with others allows them a sense of pride in their work, and they also may find inspiration, by viewing the work of their peers. During art time at home, they might also choose to simply listen to/view, art related stories, found in the virtual art library, or they may spend time exploring the styles of various artists. The Origami Room and Art Hub, allows them to engage in some fun skill building through tutorials. It is your child’s choice to engage in their own creative work, or make use of the Virtual Art Studio. It is recommended that students take a moment to further explore the studio each week, as new items will likely be added in time.

Please note that as long as we are working in a hybrid situation, students should not upload work done at home, to Seesaw. We hope to save Seesaw for school work, and keep the Penguin Art Gallery for choice work done at home.

It’s been a great start!

All Grades: Distance Learning End

Click here for Rainbow Art Video

Congratulations on completing six weeks of Distance Learning! Miss Helen will be catching up on Seesaw Posts in the next few days, so continue to look out for comments. I have been truly amazed by the level of engagement from our dedicated artists throughout this time. Thank you to parents for your on-going support. It has been a heart-warming experience, as we pull together as a community. Thank you to everyone.
During our Distance Learning time, AAS Elementary School Artists joined thousands of children, in creating Rainbow Art to share with their community. The Rainbow Art movement originated in Italy and Spain, and soon picked up in the United Kingdom and USA. The children’s art, posted in windows, are a symbol of hope during the testing times of Covid19, and also a sign of appreciation and gratitude for Health Workers, who risk so much on behalf of all of us. Thank you to ES Art Students for bringing, light, love and care to our AAS Community. Stay home. Stay Safe. And ‘Keep on being Creative’.


Distance Learning: How to manage time?

Art: Distance Learning 

Dear Parents,

I am posting this here, in order to avoid the need to post it on daily slides every week. Thank you. 

The 20 minute time allocated for art is the minimum requirement. As this is little time, please know that any art activity started on the first lesson of the week, can carry over to the last one. Students may use two art times to work on one piece. In fact I would encourage this. The nature of our art program means that students are free to work at their own rate – some will use all the allocated time on one piece of work.  Some will do several things in one week. 

They should upload to Seesaw on the second art lesson of the week. 

The majority of our  AAS students really do love art and will want to spend more time. If this is your child, I recommend that you save art to be the last activity for the day, so that they may spend as much time as they like (with your permission of course) on being creative.

Thank you for your attention,

Helen Arnold

All Grades: Distance Learning & Rainbow Art

Examples of First Grade Rainbow Art 

A quick thank you for the support you are providing students with Distance Learning. A very large number of artists have been actively engaged. This is great to see. Let the motivation continue! Grades 1,2,3 have submitted some wonderful Rainbow art this week, demonstrating a great variety of creativity and approaches to the idea of bringing light and love to our community through their art. This idea has been inspired by a current trend in the UK and some parts of the USA where children are posting Rainbows in their windows. See here for news article. Grades 4 and 5 will be asked to contribute next week (Deadline will be Friday 10 April), after they have completed their transdisciplinary work (Unit of Inquiry related Art). We hope to put these together, to form one large community artwork (or slide show) for our end year ‘virtual’ closing ceremony. Therefore, good clear photos, with no text boxes are encouraged for this work. Stay home, stay safe, and keep on being creative!

Correction: Distance Learning Art

Yesterday’s post stated that students will have 40 minutes x 2 a week, allocated to art. My apologies. This was an error.

Grades 1-5 are allocated 20 minutes x 2 a week. Therefore they are expected to spend a total of 40 minutes per week on art.

Students are of course welcomed to spend as much time as they like on their art. The 40 minutes is the minimum requirement. However, they should be helped to manage their time, ensuring they spend the correct amount of time on other subjects too.

Many thanks for your understanding.

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