The 5th graders recently finished making coil pots after learning about the use of pottery around the world and through-out time. Students identified the use of various kinds pottery by finding visual clues while comparing and contrasting different types of pots. They learned the process of rolling coils and reviewed how to score and slip. I showed them a variety of different types of coil pottery, so that they could understand that there is not one way to make a coil pot. They learned how to create spirals, braids, and spheres and had the option of drawing on the outside of their pot or adding creatures to their piece. They were required to make their pots at least 6 inches tall and to seal the inside, so that they are waterproof after glazing. We are planning on having a potluck/party at the end of the trimester where they will be using their pots to house food or eat out of. Stay tuned for pictures of their finished pieces!
Today our 5th graders learned more about the word value. We talked about the various definitions of value and then we defined what value means in art. Value in art is a way to describe the darks and lights of a color. The students were challenged to create different values ranging from black to light grey using India ink in anyway that they desired through experimentation, The students were not only able to create different values, but they discovered various techniques in the process. The next lesson will be learning about Japanese Sumi-E ink painting and introducing the final project.
The 5th graders started this project by being introduced to miniature art from around the world through pictures and a presentation. We discussed how certain cultures are known for their miniature paintings and drawings, and the first known miniature artwork dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. I asked the students to come up with reasons why someone might want to create something miniature versus something that is a normal size or very large. After coming up with a list of reasons; the students were challenged to draw various things as small as they could, but they still needed to be recognizable.
The students had to come up with three different designs for their miniature paintings and sketch them out. They were required to choose something personal and meaningful to them that they would be able to explain if asked. I came around and discussed their ideas with them while they were sketching.
The next class, I showed them a three different painting techniques. The techniques were stippling, impasto, and how to create a gradient in their painting. They were then asked to practice these techniques on cardboard tester squares. After practicing the techniques they were ready to move forward with one of their sketches on canvas. As a guide I had the students draw their designs in pencil onto the canvas. I explained that you want to paint the largest areas first and then move to the smaller areas and then finally the smallest areas for final touches. They were required to include one of the techniques that I taught them, mix at least one of their own colors, and paint the entire canvas so that no white is showing.
The students used the very finest tipped brushes to create their paintings. After a couple class periods of painting, the students finished their miniature paintings and moved on to making easels for their paintings using popsicle sticks. I let them come up with their own easel designs. I wanted them to think critically and problem solve in order to create an easel that was strong and stable. Some students were very creative in their approach of making an easel while others were very pragmatic.
Some of their miniature paintings are pictured below....
Around the World
Students will study various avenues of art from around the world. They will compare and contrast how different cultures create works of art while studying famous artists from all over the globe. They will take inspiration from multicultural perspectives to create their own original works that are personal to them.
Students will focus primarily on contemporary approaches to art-making in this class. They will study artists from the past century to present day. Students will experiment with using unconventional materials to create. Students will create a self-portrait out of wire, delectable desserts out of celluclay and paint, and sculptures out of clay.
In open studio, students get to choose the media they want to use for each project. They will learn how to plan and execute work that they feel passionate about. They will have the option to take open studio again in middle school and high school, so this class can be viewed as an introduction to open studio. The students will have opportunities to learn about new media and techniques through demonstrations, as well