5th grade studied the art of Andy Goldsworthy and then we went outside to create our own Goldsworthy inspired art on the playground. The students each created a piece of temporary art on the playground and only had about 15 minutes to do it. Just as Andy Goldsworthy does, we photographed them when we were done so that we would have something to look at when we talked about them and so we would have something to display.
5th Grade recently finished studying Still Life paintings from different Artists and time periods. They learned a lot about space and how it can be shown and manipulated in a Still Life. We set up a rather complex still life in our classroom to observe. I gave the students view finders to use if they wanted and they noticed how different the same still life could look based on what angle you were looking at it and how you cropped it. For their final still life they could use their view finder and then draw a smaller, cropped area of the still life in the room or they could draw the still life as they saw it without a view finder.
5th Grade just began a unit on logo design. We spent our first class talking about what makes a good logo and making sketches. They are going to use initials from their name to make logos to represent themselves. I asked them to make at least 10 sketches of ideas for their logo. I stressed that by sketching they were just coming up with ideas and that they shouldn’t look perfect or even all be good ideas. I also reminded them that you can’t come up with a good idea if you don’t have some bad ones and encouraged them to just draw everything they could think of and not analyze it. It was really hard for a few of them to do that but by the end of class everyone had a page full of ideas. Next, we will narrow them down and make our final design.