Sunday, May 19, 2013
Third and fifth graders at Holmes collaborated for this sculpture project using recycled materials, only with a pretty big twist. First the third graders were split into groups and given a bag full of supplies like cereal boxes, cardboard tubes, buttons, and pipe cleaners. Then they were tasked to create some sort of sculpture using only those supplies, with the twist being they weren't actually going to be the ones to put the sculpture together. They made instruction manuals detailing everything fifth grade groups would need to know to build their idea. The third graders really had to focus on the artmaking process and their communication skills for their artwork to be successful. The fifth graders had to do a good deal of interpreting and problem solving to make sense of the manuals. This was a really interesting project where the kids had to work together and think both abstractly and literally to create an excellent piece of artwork. It was tons of fun to watch, too!
First graders learned about symmetry with this simple watercolor project. First we discovered what symmetry meant, then used this new knowledge to come up with our own brand new insect. The kids came up with some very interesting designs. Have a look!
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Clay! The third graders finally got to work with everyone's favorite art medium with these fish projects. We learned how to roll a slab and add relief texture using some of the clay tools before we painted them. Clay is a lot of fun and the projects turned out great!
The second graders got creative with their supplies and, like the first graders, got in touch with their wild sides in these artworks. We read Where the Wild Things Are, then considered what the wild things in each of us would do if we wouldn't get in trouble. Then the students converted old toilet paper rolls into Wild Thing sculptures. To finish the project, the second graders had to fill out a worksheet explaining who their Wild Thing was and what it liked to do. Take a look!