Grade 6 Terracotta Warriors
Workers digging a well outside the city of Xi'an, China, in 1974 struck upon one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world: a life-size clay soldier poised for battle. The diggers notified Chinese authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site.
They found not one, but thousands of clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions and positioned according to rank. And though largely gray today, patches of paint hint at once brightly colored clothes. The soldiers are in trench like, underground corridors. In some of the corridors, clay horses are aligned four abreast; behind them are wooden chariots.
The terra-cotta army, as it is known, is part of an elaborate mausoleum created to accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife. The young Emperor Ying Zheng took the throne in 246 B.C. at the age of 13.
This is our grade 6 army. As they travel on their path past SBCA their battle is to continue sharing all the great traditions of their catholic faith, family spirit, and academic excellence, skills and values needed to become successful, morally conscious members of society. They have created an army by multiplying themselves as a visual reminder or the power of their faith and instruction from South Boston Catholic Academy.
The original warriors were created in terracotta whereas our students created a self-portrait printing plate and printed it again and again with grey ink on black paper to suggest the clay.
grade 6 creating the artwork
We’re constantly trying new things in the art room. Looking at new art, using new materials or trying new media is how we stretch our artist’s brain power. Kindergarten created outstanding owls out of recycled materials and watched a wonderful story about Owl Babies. Chinese artist Wang Yani inspired grade 1 to create painted monkeys and grade 2 to create awakened lions with sumi brushes and water based ink. In grade 3 students were amazed at the beautiful designs on the shells of box turtles, created their own out of clay and even designed a box room for the turtles. Grade 4 learned about printmaking and transformed their prints into a beautiful kimono complete with and obi. Grade 5 has been working in self-hardening clay on a project inspired by the work of sculptor Claes Oldenburg. (No photos because we want to surprise you at this year’s art show.) Grade 6 has also been working on a special project for the art show using combining illumination and repousse on special metal sheets. (Again, not photos, we want to surprise you.)
Over the next few weeks students will all be working on projects for the Art Show which will be on May 3, in the school cafeteria. Remember, all work from the art show will also be displayed on Artsonia a day or two after the show. This year we are trying something new and will have preschool work with grade 6 on a special project using our art room iPad minis. (Yes, we have 10 and are looking to get 4 more!)
Please remember to check out our student art work at Artonia.com
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!
Over the next few weeks the Artroom will be filled with angels, cardinals, snowmen and much more as we gear up for Christmas!
Over the past weeks students took up sewing needles, creating handmade sketchbooks in grade 5 and designing, sewing and tagging "Ugly" dolls in grade 6. Grade 6 also was introduced to the graffiti art of Keith Haring and created their own Haring-like figures.
We watched a couple of wonderful videos about Native American art before grade 3 created their own Winter Counts in response to the art of the Lakota People. Grade 2 wove a star in the middle of their own Dream Catchers and added beads and feathers to complete their creations.
Kindergarten used everyday objects and recyclables to create exciting Found Object Sculptures. In grade 1 we used clay to create pinch pots. After the pots dried they used primary an mixed secondary colors to paint them.
Grade 4 created a scribble film (drawn with sharpies on film leader), part of which can be seen on our sbaaartroom YouTube channel. (If you know of a 16mm projector we can borrow for a day we will be able to watch our entire animation. Our's is broken.) They are now creating flip books on our classroom iPad minis.
These are just a few of art projects students have been working on. Please remember to check out all the amazing art at Artsonia!
There has been a whirl of activity in the art room where students have been learning about color and color mixing. K2 students used yellow and red to mix orange for their goofy pumpkins and also played with color combinations with their Kandinsky style collages. In grade 1 black paint was used to create “scaredy” cats with hunched backs and stand-up fur. Primary colors were used to mix secondary colors in grade 2 where students painted beautiful orange pumpkins on a green field under a purple night sky. In order for third grade students to create a “farm with crops” collage, students first had to mix shades of green with yellow and blue paint. They even used the back of their paint brush to scratch designs into the paint and then cut up the different greens for the crops. Very cool pictures and one of my favorite new projects!
We have also been painting in grade 4 After looking at the Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt everyone used gold paint to carefully paint the stylized trees. Next they cut and glued pieces of gold, silver, black and white beaded accents from amazing wallpaper samples that were donated by a parent. (Thank you!) They completed the art work with black marker designs and finally another coat of gold paint for the background. In grade 5 students used watercolor to paint their “Shoe Trips”. I am looking forward to next helping the fifth graders make their own hand-made sketch books which they will be filling with rough drafts, sketches and drawings.
In grade six students learned about complementary color and used two complements to create symmetrical paper mask collages. For their next project they watched a video about the graffiti art of Keith Haring before they painted their own two-color creations.
We will be starting some weaving projects soon and always appreciate any yarn leftovers you can pass along to us.
If you haven’t had a chance please check out all the art work the children have created at Artonia.com. Remember, if you don’t go to the site and give permission no one can view your child’s art work. If you have any questions or problems with Artsonia, please email me email@example.com
Again, thank you to our Art Room Angels for their continued support. We gladly accept recyclables, paper, cardboard, samples and anything you think we can turn into art.
Our students have created some amazing art works while investigating line over these past 2 weeks. This has been K2’s first regular visits to the artroom and they have jumped right in. Last week they created wonderful expressive monsters with line. This week they looked at Wassilly Kandinsky and are making concentric circles with glue, construction paper and scissors to play with color combinations.
We have been creating illusions with line in grade 2 and 4. Grade 4 created the illusion of a hand without actually drawing the hand while grade 2 used repeated pencil lines to create the illusion of forms that they transformed into Rapunzel’s hair, pumpkin stacks and even sunsets and reflections.
In grade 1 students connected lines to create shapes which became landscapes. The finished pictures using construction crayons are just beautiful.
Grades 5 and 6 made contour line drawings form life. Grade 5 drew their shoes and were then asked to send their lone shoe on a vacation somewhere in the world. Grade 6 was inspired by surrealism and Salvador Dali when they drew their hands and then transformed them in their drawings.
In addition grade 6 has been working with their years’ theme “all about me” to take some selfies and create personal emojis with the art room mini iPads.
Please remember to visit Artsonia to see all our art work and make sure you register so your child’s art work is visible on the site.
Our art classes will be creating Pinwheels for Peace as their first art project this year. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who were art teachers at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.
The first Pinwheels for Peace were installed on Sept. 21, 2005. Since then, they have grown from 500,000 pinwheels planted the first year, to four million pinwheels in 2015!
Here is a template link to print and create your own pinwheel.
Welcome back to school everyone. I'm looking forward to an exciting new year fill with art history, art making and fun projects.
We will continue to put all student art work on Artsonia.com but there has been a change to "parent permissions" on the website. Regardless of whether you have signed up before, you must give permission to allow your child's art to be seen on the website. I will be sending registration links to you over the next week. See below:
It was kismet that on the day that artist Audrey Condon visited grade 6 to talk about her work as an animator that Google celebrated artist Lotte Reininger. As Ms. Condon explained, Lotte made cut paper silhouette animations that predated Walt Disney by a decade. Here’s a link to a short animation about Lotte, made by Google artists. During her visit, Audrey showed examples of her work, talked about her education and training as well as showing how she created some of her special effects. Grade 5 students made individual claymations, some of which are already on YouTube. Now that they know the software and techniques I look forward to having them delve deeper into animation next year as 6th graders!
Students in grade 4 came up with some novel ideas for their board games. I was hoping we would have a chance to play them in class but the time has just flown. Hopefully they will share them with their families for game night at home. In grade 3 we completed our Egyptian project by creating golden, jeweled bracelets made from recycled paper towel rolls. In grade 1 students created their own “Polaroid cameras” complete with instant film. The cameras were made from cardboard and paper towel rolls which were filled with film (a strip of paper with funny pictures drawn on it)! Grade 2 has finished the year learning how to create a sense of perspective with both “falling picture” and fields of gradually diminishing poppies. In our final K2 class students drew the scariest sharks I have ever seen! Looks like it will be a while before I go swimming again.
I hope everyone has an art-filled vacation!
See you in September.
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