5th Grade Art
For the past two weeks my 5th grade students have been learning about one of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh. His work and his story have always really inspired me and I was so happy to be able to talk to my students about him. We first went onto the Google Cultural Institute website and examined the texture of Van Gogh's work close up. The site has amazing high resolution images that you can zoom in on to the point where you can see the cracks in the paint! The kids were amazed. We also watched a trailer for the new "Loving Vincent" movie that is being made entirely out of oil paintings! Each class then worked together to build their own versions of Van Gogh's masterpieces. My favorite part was the end of the second day when the students got to put all the pieces together, they were blown away by the final result! We then watched a short clip from "Dr. Who" in which they show Vincent coming to the future to see the impact his work had on the world. We talk about overcoming adversity and believing in yourself, though at times you might be the only one. (The clip makes me cry every time which is a little embarrassing haha!) He only sold one painting in his short life, but his work is now some of the most valued and important work in history.
(One more mural will be done after spring break!)
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The 7th graders finished up a project called "In My Hands" in which they had to bring in a personal object to draw. We talked about sentimental objects and how a simple thing can have a lot of memories and meaning. They students then used observational skills to draw their hand holding their object and added a fun background. I LOVE how they turned out! It is always interesting to see how the objects differ from student to student, here are a few examples.
The photo class spent this week learning a bunch of artistic editing techniques in Photoshop.
6th Art Foundations
The 6th graders finished up their clay project this week. We learned how to work with slabs and then used PVC pipe molds to create fairly houses or castles. I LOVE how different they all are!! They will dry out over spring break and then be fired and prepped for painting :)
This week the younger grades added textures to their pinch pot monsters and got them ready to dry out and be fired after the break!