It’s amazing how quickly the days have passed since we returned from Christmas vacation. On return we jumped right into our Architectural unit. Architecture has always been an exciting subject for our students and gives them an opportunity gain new skills and see another application of art in their lives.
Kindergarten began by making their own blue print (we printed with cardboard and white paint on blue paper) and completed the buildings with construction crayons to add color and detail. In grade 1 students created 3d “My Corner of the World” constructions. They were asked to design a personal space that they have or would like to have at home. They also added detail on the back of their constructions which became the “outside” of their homes.
Castles are always a favorite subject so in grade 2 students drew castles incorporating architectural details and learned how to use diagonal lines to create 3D drawbridges. Also creating castles but with an entirely different technique grade 4 used a piece of cardboard to drag paint up their paper. When the paint dried they used sharpies to transform the paint into extraordinary castles, some made of ice and some floating on clouds!
In grade 3 students created 3D pyramids. They used sponges to create brick like patterns on the outside, attached hidden books inside and topped it off with a gold painted clay ring!
Using t squares to insure parallel and perpendicular lines helped both 5th and 6th graders to learn how to create space in 1 point perspective. Students in grade 5 created cities while grade 6 designed bedrooms making sure to send all diagonal lines to the vanishing point.
Coming up next: Celebrating Chinese New Year and Printmaking!
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