Our elementary Art classes are designed to support the development of the IB learner profile and the attitudes of the PYP. The students are learning how to coordinate their hands and minds by exploring various tools, processes, and the techniques necessary to improving their artistic abilities.  Through experience with different art activities, students are able to demonstrate their understanding of the art techniques studied, experience hands-on activities, use art processes to create original works of art, and incorporate a variety of materials and media at every grade level.   Furthermore, throughout their units, students study art processes in conjunction with the elements (colors, shapes, line, texture, space, value, and form) and the principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/variety).  Currently students in the elementary school are working on the following projects:

EC 3:  Pinch Pot

EC-3 students are enthusiastic to learn about art. They loved it when they molded the clay using the best tool, their hands. They practiced making a sphere/small ball of clay. Then they used their fore fingers and thumb to make a hole and begin to pinch it. It was the first pinch pot that they made in art class. This lesson introduces the basic pinch pot building technique in ceramics.

EC 4:  Mixing Color

EC 4 students  identify the basic or primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and experiment with mixing the colors to create secondary colors (orange, green and purple).   Students are able to identify the primary and secondary colors and which primary colors need to be mixed to create secondary colors.

Kindergarten:  Pinch Pot Created Turtles

Kindergarten students used the pinch pot technique to make ceramic turtles.  Using the pinch pot technique, students created the turtle body.  They added further details (head and tail) by shaping clay with their hands.


Grade 1:  Printing with Shapes

Grade 1 students were printing using geometric shapes to create images and add details with a background.

Grade 2:  Pointillism Painting:

In their Unit of Inquiry, second graders have been learning about the water cycle.  In art class, the students created a drawing that shows where water comes from.  They also illustrated different sources of water (river, ocean, lake, stream, rain).   Finally, students used the pointillism technique to paint their works of art.  Their paintings were inspired by Georges Seurat’s artwork.  Pointillism is a technique of painting small, distinct dots of color making patterns to form an image.

Grade 3:  Batik

During their Where We Are in Place and Time unit, the grade 3 students created beautiful batik. The artists used their symbols and ideas of their own culture.  They used dot for one of the characteristics of Indonesian Batik. They explored making batik without the danger of hot wax. They simply traced a design onto fabric with washable glue and painted with cold fabric dyes. The glue is removed with water, leaving white lines and the fabric retains the colored dye.

 Grade 4:  Papier Mache Landforms

To support their How We Organize Ourselves inquiry, grade four students have been working on papier mache landforms. Each student has created a different design on their landform.

Grade 5:  Self-portrait Grid Drawings

The fifth grader are drawing their self-portrait using “The Grid Method” to transfer the image.  Students start with a photo.  Then they draw the grid lines on the drawing paper very lightly, so they can easily erase it when they are finished. The grid drawing must show a ratio of 1 inch : 1 inch and students must try to draw perfect squares. They can see and copy the drawing using a viewfinder.

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