We’ve combined math and art in a neat way–Rotational Symmetry Art!
Students had to create a design and trace this design 8 times which created a repeating pattern in a circle. We had been studying rotational symmetry when we began the art lesson and fused the two subjects together to create what you see below. They turned out beautifully! The amount of detail you can see is outstanding. It’s not easy to make each 1/8th segment identical to the others.
Have you ever done art like this before? If you missed our post about what rotational symmetry is, click here!
Our trip today to Museum London was a great learning experience for our class!
We began with breaking into 2 main groups: the first group began in the Studio and the second group began touring the various exhibits in the gallery.
At this time, the gallery was showcasing many exhibits that illustrated the theme of food, water, and life. Some of the sculptures were quite strange looking, but they each told a story and had a real purpose behind them. We also learned the museum can only display so many works of art and the rest (thousands of pieces) are stored in the vault. Some of the artwork is very valuable and is worth thousands and thousands of dollars. We saw original artwork by London artist Paul Peel as well as other work that included mixed media, abstract art, and portraits.
In the Studio, we had the opportunity to learn about primary, secondary, complimentary colours, contrast, balance, organic shapes versus geometric shapes. We created, (in a short time period, mind you), a mixed media piece of art. It is mixed media because we were using magazine and tissue paper in addition to applying crayon and marker. Have a look at us in the process:
What did you enjoy the most? What did you learn?
Wow–what a turnout to the Art Exhibition held at our school last Thursday evening! It was such a delight to see so many parents and students sharing the hard work the students created this year. Thank you for coming out and making the evening a success. The hallways and library showcased the beautiful artwork and the staffroom was transformed into a Bistro with treats for everyone!
Our class, along with Mrs. Thompson’s, displayed our block-printing that we learned how to do with Jen Hamilton, the artist who came in over the last several months. The artist statements the students wrote helped to explain the thinking behind the artwork. It’s not easy to see the hours and hours of work that goes into block-printing, but Jen put together a flow chart showing the process, as seen below.
Congratulations Grade 6s on a job well done!
I wanted to start by asking if you are enjoying block printing. I sure am! I was looking at some of the art work when I was washing the plastic knives and brayers. They were really good. I am sad that it is coming to an end but, it was a fun process. It was a long process but, it was worth it. I am so glad that I was able to be part of this awesome experience!
Last Wednesday, Jen was with us again for art and will be with us every Wednesday for the next little while.
We were learning about the creative process. We started off with a quick and messy sketch of something that inspired us. Then it got more exiting. We got to use different materials such as wall paper to make two more copies. Then we got onto our good copy. This gave us a taste of what the creative process is all about.
When we all finished, we went around the school looking at possible ideas for our real assignment. We couldn’t just choose anything to snap a picture of. We have been learning about values and how the media (such as advertising, magazines and more). Our picture had to be related to how The Media and Advertising can influence and affect our values and the way we behave and the choices we make. We thought of ideas such as something representing fighting to show us fighting against what the media wants us to believe. We came up with lots of other good ideas. By next Wednesday we need to have our picture.
Stay tuned for future posts about how our work with Jen is coming along!
Every time Jen visits us, we end up learning a lot…and having fun in the process. In a previous post (click here), we shared with you that Jen came in to teach our class about the ancient art of printmaking. We experimented with textures from both nature (leaves) and materials such as lace and made various prints using a brayer and ink and paint.
This week, Jen gave us an overview of the various types of printmaking tools and how artists use different media to create prints. Some examples include:
- block printing
- lithography (see video below)
- etching (intaglio)
The second part of our morning with Jen involved the use of the iPads. We were exploring the app called Instagram and experimenting with the different filters. We took pictures of ourselves as well as objects in and around the classroom. We shared our work with the class on the Smartboard and were asked to explain why we took the photo. We were asked questions like, “What was your thinking behind the photo?” and “What, if any, filter did you use and why?”
We are practicing with Instagram because our project will involve taking a photo and using it as the basis for our printmaking artwork. More to come! Stay tuned.
Have a look!
If you don’t know who Jen Hamilton is, she is an artist from our home town who will be working closely with our classroom (along with Mrs. Thompson’s class) to instruct and guide us from start to finish on a major art project involving iPads and print-making.
We will be combining older technology (print-making) with newer technology (Instagram) to create art. How cool is that?
Jen came to visit us for the first time last week and will be back again mid November to continue our lessons and hands-on learning.
She will be with us each week over a period of several months. We are very lucky to have her with us!
See in the pictures below what we were up to with her last visit…