This year, all students are creating a large portfolio with their name displayed creatively on the front. As a school, we are focusing on the book "Tell Teach Us Your Name", by Huda Essa. In art class we read "Always Anjali", by Sheetal Sheth. Each book empowers students to teach others how to pronounce their name.
Students designed the block letter shapes that make up their name. Next, we looked at different types of Graffiti and Street Art to encourage creativity in adding color and other design elements. Students blended colored pencil to add shading to their names. Last, they will add information about their name... how it was chosen, the meaning behind it, and it's pronounciation.
Coil Pot Unit
Students will learn how to use basic handbuilding techniques to build a ceramic vessel. Using coils and the slip/score technique, they will plan and build their own vessels after looking at a variety of examples. We will explore the Jomon pottery of Japan, specifically an ancient technique used by the indigenous Japanese. We will look at examples of modern artwork utilizing the coil technique. Students will learn about the stages of clay, including:
From a Drone's Point of View
This is a National Art Education Association Lesson called “From a Drone’s Point of View” dealing with perspective, community, geography, and personal experience. The conversations kids have about their work with myself and others are deep and meaningful.
The students use Google Maps to search up their neighborhood, favorite vacation spot, extended family homes, or places they hope to visit or are just curious about (like Antarctica). They print a satellite image of that place, zooming in or out until they find an interesting artistic composition. They make an impression of the image by tracing over foam, then do a rubbing of the impression with chalk.
They then CHOOSE their medium from tempera paint, colored pencil, watercolor or a combination of those, and add color to the image in their own way. This is a great lesson featuring CHOICE and cross curricular connections!
Observational Drawing and Pop Art
Each fall, students experience looking closely at their shoes and creating observational contour line drawings of them. Observing details like outline, logos, shoelaces and patterns, students discover they can only draw what they see. They are add the colors of their choice to their drawings after learning about Andy Warhol's Pop Art style shoe illustrations.
Make Ups and Extra Art Time
Fifth graders have the opportunity to spend lunch/recess in the art room once a week if they choose during "Lunch Bunch". Some are making up work, others might come in because they like to create. Pictured is last year's sign up sheet that hung outside my classroom. Eight students on day 1 can be accommodated.