Our 9 year old students unit of Inquiry - linked to the transdisciplinary theme of "Sharing the Planet is entitled, "Changes in ecosystems affect the balance among living things. "
Preliminary esearch is carried out in the homeroom and then students choose one endangered animal.
We are lucky to be a 1:1 laptop school so the children bring their computers to the art room and have the profile image of their animal in front of them while they create their creature from clay. This year Soalas were popular
While we wait for the clay to dry and be fired the children create painted backgrounds on a canvas. They then trace and collage additional middle and foreground landscapes, plants and animals.
In Performing Arts classes the students combine found and self composed music of their biome using garageband. Every piece of work is grouped into a biome and displayed on shelves along the corridor. The students music is played to create a fantastic visual and auditory affect along our corridor.
During this unit we combine many materials and techniques and the children focus on background and foreground. I love this unit, their imaginations run wild and it truly shows their creativity and the skills they know. it is a culmination of several weeks of teaching material skills and techniques. The children have a free choice over which materials they use in this final artwork.
To gather excitement for this artwork we take the children to the jungle gym and photograph them hanging from the equipment. They trace themselves from the photo and then make a sketched plan in their books. They love showing themselves in some dangerous or crazy situation.
Now to the neat copy.
They apply a watercolour wash to the background A3 watercolour paper gives a good size for their work, although some feel a bit daunted by the size of the paper. Cut out their portrait tracing individual parts onto coloured card of their choice and transfer the parts onto their painting.
The rest is then adding lines, shapes and colours to embellish their artwork.
Art Academy Competition Winners
Last week Baku Art Academy held a citywide, student art competition. The categories included Sports, Azerbaijan through my eyes and Eco culture. As in previous years Tisa primary students entered some of their group artwork.
This year we are very proud to announce that the P3 students won their category ‘Azerbaijan through my eyes,’ with a Kandinsky inspired carpet. They won a ceramic medal and a beautiful book about the art of Mikayil Abdullayev.
In addition Koko, Salma, Eileen and Rhianna from P7 and Hagar, Dasha, Isabella and Bianca from M1 won small carpets and certificates for their imaginative creations of large sports people.
Congratulations to our young artists.
Explorations in a PYP Visual Arts Classroom