Our third grade students created Artists’ Trading Cards (A.T.C.’s for short), making five of them (2 to trade, 3 to keep) based on one of eight themes. They used tagboard, crayons with texture rubbing plates, colored construction paper, and markers.These cards are made by artists all over the world, and is a form of collaboration as well as having real-world connections.
Our fourth grade artists completed their “Design Thinking: The Wallet Project” unit, based on the design school methodology taught at Stanford. Design Thinking is a real-world form of developing new products using the brainstorm/rapid prototype/revise/prototype again cycle. Students were challenged to make their wallets from atypical materials such as cereal box cardboard, fabric scraps, and duct tape. Additionally, students completed a peer assessment using an “art sandwich” (writing two things they like about their peer’s wallet, and one suggestion for improvement).
Fifth grade students completed their geometry integrative art unit on radial design, crafting 4 “slot cards” in a radial pattern, using colored pencil to make their art “pop”. Being able to use rulers and math to divide their cards into eight equal segments around a center point was the key to this project. “Slot cards” are most often used for architectural prototyping, as an easy way to see how a building looks with simple materials.
In November through early December, third grade is working on “Pop Art Cans”, fourth grade is integrating descriptive writing as the basis for their “Anime/Manga Cartoons”, and fifth grade is wrapping up “Architectural Patterns” before starting a kinetic sculpture unit.
In other news, our Artsonia gallery is gradually taking shape for 2013.14, selected fourth grade artists are having their radial linoleum block prints displayed at Aurora business, “The Latest Scoop”, and our fifth grade Art Club’s “circle paintings” are displayed in the halls near LES Media Center!