The introduction of an “Artist of the Month” this year has provided a jumping-off point for a couple of really cool projects. Our September artist, Jacob Lawrence, became well known for his paintings entitled the “Migration Series” which depicted the large movement of southern African-Americans to the major northern cities in the early 1900s. Lawrence used simple, yet colorful flat geometric and organic shapes. A couple classes did lovely abstract paintings using organic shapes which employed an analogous color scheme.
Our current “Artist of the Month”, Pablo Picasso, was the inspiration for some pretty wild portraits the students made incorporating different line types we learned as well as an emphasis on filling a page completely.
Another fun project-done in preparation for a “Stuart Davis-esque ” painting being planned for later- involved drawing a still life where the students could not look at their paper as they worked and could not lift their marker off the paper until the contours of all objects had been drawn. Even the younger classes thought the concept was so neat that they wanted to do it too! I love how they turned out.
The 4th and 5th grades began the year creating some optical illusions, like these cubes which almost look 3- dimensional!
In all the Art History classes , we continue to add to our fold-out timelines , which are becoming quite lengthy! I’m hoping that by gluing their own pictures and facts onto them that a general sense of historical sequence will sink in. Presently we are beginning to study Leonardo Da Vinci’s amazing life and talents!
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Graduates of Quaker elementary schools know themselves and are able to recognize the strengths of peers. Because they are effective communicators and creative problem solvers at an early age, the fifth graders approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are “ready” in every sense.