We’ve learned about something called foreshortening which is a visual effect or optical illusion that causes an object or distance to appear shorter than it actually is because it is angled toward the viewer.
Have a look at the wonderful artwork produced in our class!
photo by Mrs. Sullivan
Before we stuff ourselves silly with Halloween candy, we stuffed some pantyhose to create plump pumpkins. We made a soft-sculpture decoration–a pumpkin, that won’t rot like real pumpkins. In fact, our sculptures will last for years to come!
- Each student was asked to bring in 2 pairs of nylons…they could be skin-colour, black, pink, purple, etc.
- We then stuffed our pantyhose with a fluffy material called fiberfill.
- We cut the legs off 2 pairs of pantyhose, along with the toes.
- Next, we arranged the legs on a flat surface, crossing over each other in the center like the spokes of a wheel so that there’d be eight open-ended tubes radiating from the center. We stapled the centre.
- We stuffed our ‘tubes’ with fiberfill and then gathered up the tubes, holding them together with a rubber band at the base and another at the top. Voila!
- The last step was painting the pumpkins and the stem.
See below if you’d like to see the instructions visually.
What is your costume for Halloween? Does your family decorate their home?
Using pastels, students designed a series of faces using inspiration from Pablo Picasso. Picasso is known for his geometric designs and abstract shapes. Have a look at the amazing work they have done! The colours are so vibrant, too.
Have you ever created artwork inspired by Picasso?
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:
Have a look at some of our completed pieces:
We thank Museum London and our parent volunteers for joining us on our trip! It was a great experience overall.
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!
Our rotational symmetry art is coming along nicely. We can’t wait to show you the finished products in the next week or so! So, stay tuned!
What is a favourite art lesson or activity you have done?
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!