4/5 Art

About 4/5 Art

4/5 Art focuses on strengthening students’ working knowledge of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Students are exposed to a variety of media and techniques while learning about various artists and cultures.

 

Monthly Updates

  • 4/5 Art Update – December 2015

    In 4/5 Art, students did scientific research toward preparing for their current project, tunnel books featuring original mixed beasts of their own creation. They45_Mixed Beasts discussed animal adaptations in nature, including body coverings (such as spotted fur or white feathers), body parts (such as long legs or hooked beaks), and behaviors. We then read the book “Mixed Beasts” by Kenyon Cox and Wallace Edwards. If you ever want a really fun book to read at home, I recommend this book to children and adults of any age.

    Using what they learned about body parts and body coverings (those adaptations that they can see), students created their own mixed beast, including a made-up habitat and imaginary hobbies.

    Students are currently designing and creating tunnel books, a 3-D object where the viewer can see depth in a single scene. It can be a challenge to go from 2-D to 3-D, but our students are doing a wonderful job.

  • 4/5 Art Update – November 2015

    IMG_5193Our fourth and fifth grade students made really interesting collages, inspired by the abstract collages of Henri Matisse. Some students made representational images, of things like horses, action heros or camper trailers, while others made non-representational designs. Images are soon to come on Artsonia.

    Since the wrap-up of the Matisse-inspired collages, the 4/5 Art students have done research on animals, especially regarding adaptations, like body parts, body coverings and behaviors. After reading a wonderful book, Mixed Beasts, by Kenyon Cox and Wallace Edwards, they are beginning to create their own mixed beasts. Ultimately, students will create tunnel books. By the end of the unit, they will have had an opportunity to use science, technology and language arts in the creation of their art project.

  • 4/5 Art Update – October 2015

    During the month of October, 4/5 students will examine and discuss the abstract collages of Henri Matisse, while learning a bit about the life of this famous artist. They will then make their own abstract collages.

  • 4/5 Art – Radial Symmetry Relief Sculpture – May 2015

    4/5 Art students learned about radial symmetry when making these relief sculptures. First, we discussed what symmetry is, then we talked about shallow (relief) sculptures, which are viewed from one side. Then, after learning four basic origami folds, students arranged multiples to make these beautiful sculptures.

    We had fun comparing them to kaleidoscopes, stars and flowers. Each one is unique!

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    https://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?project=963555

  • 4/5 Art – One Point Perspective Aspen Trees – December 2014

    Students in 4/5 Art spent several class sessions making these beautiful aspen tree paintings, while learning about one-point perspective. First, they drew a vanishing point and drew pairs of lines to the vanishing point to make tree trunks. Then they masked off the tree trunks and watercolor painted the sky around the tree trunks. Once the sky was dry, they carefully removed the masking tape and used sponges and cotton swabs with yellow and red tempera paint to create a variety of warm colors for autumn leaves. Finally, they added details to their trees using permanent markers, then added shadows to their trees, again using watercolors.

    Watercolor is an interesting medium, in that the artist may achieve so many different effects, depending on how much or how little water is used. Although the students used basically the same techniques, each painting is as unique as the students who made them. You really get the sense of standing in a grove, gazing up at the autumn leaves above.

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    https://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?project=897550

  • 4/5 Art – Victor Vasarely Optical Illusions – June 2014

    4/5 students learned about the artwork of Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely, and his work with optical illusions. Vasarely would often use geometric shapes and forms, combined with light and shading, to “trick the eye” into seeing something that appears to be “moving,” or 3-Dimensional when it is in fact, 2-Dimensional. Students drew a large circle in the center of their paper, which quickly became a “sphere” after we added the skewed lines to give the circle the illusion of being 3D. We then gave the background a “flat” look by measuring squares, and creating a “checkerboard” type pattern with 2 colors (or more, in a few cases) of markers. Some vine charcoal added a light shade to one side of the sphere, and we turned a 2D image, visually, into a 3D image!

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    http://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?project=814771

  • 4/5 Art – Mixed Beast Tunnel Books – April 2014

    In 4/5 Art, students did scientific research toward preparing for their project. They discussed animal adaptations in nature, including body coverings (such as spotted fur or white feathers), body parts (such as long legs or hooked beaks), and behaviors. We then read the book “Mixed Beasts” by Kenyon Cox and Wallace Edwards.

    Using what they learned about body parts and body coverings (those adaptations that they can see), students created their own mixed beast, including a made-up habitat and imaginary hobbies.

    Finally, students designed and created tunnel books, a 3-D object where the viewer can see depth in a single scene. It can be a challenge to go from 2-D to 3-D, but our students did a great job with it.

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    https://www.artsonia.com/museum/gallery.asp?project=792305

  • 4/5 Art Update – October 2013
    4/5 students have been examining and talking about the abstract collages of Henri Matisse and making their own abstract collages, which will eventually become the covers of their in-class sketchbooks.

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