Makalapua Academy: Grade 4/5s

The last few minutes of art this year were caught in the draw with an everyday object that is the craze on instagram and other photo sharing right now:

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In this unit the grade 4/5s experimented with space and installation.  Two classes explored using a basic 2-D paper shape which could be pieced together to create 3-D polyhedrons.  They designed each piece and then worked together in small groups to assemble their polyhedron.  The other class designed and created two sided figured that reach for the stars.  The polyhedrons and the floating figures were then hung in the cafeteria to transform a small area of the space.

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Each of the Grade 4/5 classes studied a different cultural art to understand the world around them and how art is used to celebrate traditions and rituals.

In Mr James’ class, learners discovered that henna designs are used to add beauty to the human body in some cultures to celebrate important times in a person’s life such as weddings.  Henna designs use patterns and interlocking designs.

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Ms Bonnie’s class looked at mandalas and the geometric designs representing the universe.  These mandalas are found across many cultures and are circle designs that incorporate radial symmetry.

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Ms Mohammadi’s class looked at Islamic tiles.  These designs use symmetry, geometric and organic shapes that incorporate mathematics and color into the intricate patterns.

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In Unit 4, learners explored surrealism and story telling through collage.  Looking at artists such as Magritte, Dali, Lynn Skordal, Thomas Barbéy and Beth Hoeckel important features were decided upon for the surreal collages.  Learners have decided that surrealism using real images and objects in unreal ways to look like dreams or fantasy. After the collages were completed, the artists wrote a story or an explanation of the design.

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As an end to the unit about art for meaning and making a statement, the 4/5’s are contributing drawings of HOPE to a Students Rebuild initiative to help raise funds and support for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines… the 4/5’s are each making a drawing or writing a letter which will be sent to the Philippines to share a message of hope with a child in the Philippines, for wach drawing submitted Save the Children will donate $1! Here is a small look at the drawings we are sending from Voyager- we collected more than 170 drawings, our team “Voyagers…Shine,” did just that!

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Also here is the website if you are interested in learning more about Student Rebuild.

In Unit 2, the Grade 4/5s are looking at the street art of Keith Haring and Banksy, as well as the mural work of Kara Walker.  After understanding the differences between graffiti and street art, we talk about the graffiti that had appeared on our playground wall.  One of the teachers painted over the “tags” as soon as they appeared and the Grade 4/5s from Makalapua Academy are going to transform these tempting empty walls into street art.

First wall is the one under the playground, a long narrow space that is viewed from the H1 Freeway. This is right after the graffiti cover up:

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Each class has brainstormed ideas, traced bodies in Haring style forms, or hands for the narrow wall space…

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And here is how it looks all finished, the kids are happy and so is Mrs Barr (our Quality Principal).

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The second wall we will alter is in the parking area, if we do not get our artwork in place, we are worried that it will become too tempting for graffiti. So In the next cycle of art, the 4/5s get to work adding their designs to the wall.  This one will be full figure and include words and similar stars.

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I think they are pretty happy with how it turned out…Finished Mural

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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