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Highlights from Elementary School

As Kindergarten and first graders continue their inquiry into who stories can be used as a form of expression as they explore the transdisciplinary theme “How We Express Ourselves”, in art class, students have made connections as they drew illustrations of characters from books. Students learned about concepts such as proportion as they illustrated their portraits. Our young artists already had past experience drawing portraits. Visualization of their drawings is an excellent process that encourages right-brain development. Students began illustrating how to show different emotions such as anger, fright, surprise, happiness, and sadness. They drew different types of eyes, eyebrows, and a mouth that reflect the intended emotion. Students reflected on the characters they drew. They illustrated the story and setting showing creativity and independence. Our KG/1 students are wonderful young artists.

Second and third graders have been learning about states of matter in their “How the World Works” unit. In art class, Grade 2 and 3 students have explored states of matter through drawing as they illustrated three cups and melted ice cream. Prior to starting their drawing, the class discussed solids, liquids and gases, and looked for examples of each state of matter in their daily lives. Melted ice cream became the object of their drawing. They drew different types of ice cream cones and experimented with the elements of color, light, and dark to show texture.

Fourth graders have been learning about energy sources and how they are transformed for many purposes in their “How the World Works” unit. Grade 4 students have been extending their learning as they drew pictures of the sun. Students discussed solar energy as it is used in their daily lives. They also studied the artist Ted Harisson who inspired them through their drawing and coloring. Students added lines to their art works to make it easier to add different values of color and gradations.

Grade 5 students have been studying about visual texture in art class. As they study their “How the World Works” unit, exploring forces, they set out to create an artistic representation inspired by when Isaac Newton wondered about gravity and noted a falling apple from the tree. Students paid close attention to the visual texture of the tree trunk. Texture refers to the surface quality in a work of art that is associated with the way that things look or feel. Experimenting with light, middle, and dark values as they completed their art work was a good experience for them. Students noted how the form changes as the values change. In future lessons they will continue to explore texture.

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