Ho’okahua Academy: Grade 1/2s

The final unit of the school year brings us full circle to looking at a picture book for inspiration.  We read If by Sarah Perry, a wonderful book celebrating imagination and creativity.  The book ends, “If this is the end, then dream up some more…”  and that is just what the classes did:

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In this unit, Grade 1/2 discover the magic of printmaking.  First we try some understanding of how the printing process works by trying some transparency monoprints!

Using line and shape learners paint on to a plastic transparency sheet with tempera paint and then transfer the image to the paper…

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The next time we met, students began created their own printing plates using a cardboard base and creating an image with lines by gluing on yarn…

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one class met one less time so they created line drawings on foam plates and then printed…

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Our Grade 1/2 learners loved this unit, all parts of this unit. They enjoyed experimenting with the monoprints and giggled when their words were reversed, their designs went ‘squiggly.’  They were thoughtful about their yarn drawings so their designs were sharp and printed clearly.  The foam drawings were fun because ‘the lines came out white!’  They even had fun creating rubbings if they had some free time after printing their  designs.


To build excitement for the Cultural Celebration, art class was focused around different cultures. Each of the Grade 1/2 classes explored a different cultural art.  Looking at African Masks, Japanese Koi Nobori, Native American Kachina Dolls and Chinese Dragon or Horse (Year of the Horse) Puppets.  The classes defined the key elements of the form, function and design of each.  Focusing on pattern, color, shape and details each class created their sculptures.

African Masks

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Japanese Koi Nobori

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Native American Kachina Dolls

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Chinese Dragon or Horse (Year of the Horse) Puppets

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In Unit 3, the learners are experimenting with warm and cool colors. They created small designs using only one set of colors in four square panel.  Then used oil pastels on larger paper to create abstract landscapes painted with black watercolor.

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In Unit 2, the classes are experimenting with line, shape and color to be Mini-Mondrians… they looked at and detailed the characteristics of the Mondrian paintings: line- vertical/horizontal (black), shape- squares/rectangles, and color- primary-red, blue, yellow.

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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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