Second through fifth grades have been primarily working on projects that tie in with their art history studies. After presentations on Roman mythology, Pompeii and the Roman mosaics, the students designed and assembled their own cut-paper mosaics. Continuing with the Roman theme, we then discussed the Roman arch and aqueducts, after which they completed their own "aqueduct landscape" painting/collage. This project reinforced the principles of 1-point perspective, vanishing points and foreground, middle ground and background and used a variety of media. The completed pieces look spectacular- and the children had a lot of fun making them! Fourth and fifth grade also did a neat project I call the "Dada Party Game" that dovetailed with the Lower School's observance of Canada's Remembrance Day- and its mindfulness of the great human toll of WW1.
First grade made their own color wheels at the start of the year, and referred to them for a lesson in basic primary and secondary color mixing. Their tie-ins with art history have included a "Lascaux" style cave painting, an ancient Egypt watercolor landscape utilizing 1-point perspective, designing a Greek temple in the computer lab and creating their own Greek vase still life using ancient vessel shapes and motifs as their basis.
This spring the second through fifth grades will study the art of Canada's (one of the 3 countries we are focusing on as a school this year) most famous woman artist, Emily Carr. The students will then create a painting (or collage) based on her paintings of the totems and villages of the native coastal inhabitants of coastal British Columbia in the early 1900s.
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