Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Kindergarten & 1st Grade: Pattern Stations

Patterns are everywhere! Patterns are on our clothing, on the walls, and all over in art! During this rotation, our young artists are participating in 6 different stations to experience different methods of creating patterns. Check out some of our works in progress!

At the weaving station, artists are practicing a pattern technique of weaving. Students practice moving their hands "over, under, over, under" and discussed how those words are opposite. At this station, students created a simple paper weave that we will complete at the end of the week!
 As art critics, students looked for any type of pattern or repeating shapes within artwork from different times in history. Students were then given strips of white paper so they could repeat a pattern they saw in the artworks.
 I love the "Elmer" book series and it tied in great to India's use of patterns within artwork! Students practiced a simple pattern (ex: A-B-A-B or yellow-purple-yellow) before coloring a patterned Elmer!
 In introducing radial symmetry, students were practicing putting a pattern in a circular format and got to take photographs of their works!

 At this station, students are practicing drawing a pattern and then repeating it 3 more times! We will be making a 3D collaborative mural using students' squared art. Keep on the lookout!

 Who knew you could use recycled objects to make jewelry? We used pre-cut straws to design simple jewelry!

Friday, December 6, 2013

4the Grade: Taj Mahal-Inspired Drawings

This rotation, 4th grade learned about architecture, repetition, and pattern by creating their own Taj Mahal-inspired buildings! The Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the most interesting architectures and places in the world and is located in Agra, India.

Mrs. Boyle's class did not get as much time to complete their projects this week but most kiddos did such an AWESOME job adding details within their patterns and repeating the pattern on both sides. Check back in the next few weeks to see some of the other class' works!

Also, check out the following link to take a virtual tour of India's Taj Mahal! It is SO COOL!

This student chose to go with a Christmas-theme! 

 This was so creative to even write his letters backwards!