First Art Units, new schedules

The specials schedule rotation is new this school year, it is a 5 week rotation and each special meets with a class for 1 week, 4 days in that rotation.  This is great because the learners are able to really get into their work for the week.

In Kindergarten, we looked at the work of Klee and we “took our lines for a walk” on our papers!  In this unit, we explored line, and primary colors to mix other colors.

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In Grade 1/2, we looked at book illustrations from It’s Not Easy Being 5! and then created our own illustrations about what we are most excited about school!  We are in a new building and for some this is a new school, so it seemed like a good start of the year unit to look at details in an illustration.

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In Grade 3, we talked about emotions and feelings and then we created expression drawings using line and color to describe their emotions.

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In Grade 4/5, learners looked at Pop Art to determine the significant characteristics in the artworks.  After noting strong bold colors, use of pattern and simplifying details into shapes; learners attempt to transform photocopies of their photo into a Pop Art Portrait.

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In Middle School, a fun first project is always a representational self portrait, use their name as a center or starting point and include details that describe who they are in a drawing.  For an interesting twist, we went to the roof top gym to draw the skyline of the city from the new location to include in their final piece; My Honolulu.

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