Every year the younger students exhibit the artwork they have created during the year. They enthusiastically observe, mix and apply paint, collect materials and build structures totally engrossed in the art of creating. The ELC (Early Learning Center) is transformed as the artwork is hung from classroom walls, main inquiry areas and reception areas. There is a grand evening opening, little children pulling their parents from room to room, describing and showing off their and their friends artwork. Below are some of the artworks and a brief summary of what inspired the students over the year. During the year there will be further blog posts focusing on specific art skills and activities in the ELC.
Their work shows a wide variety of skill development in two and three dimensions and in the use of many materials. Some of the work is created individually and some in groups. Above are two group murals showing explorations into a variety of materials and the development of fine motor skills.
This year Baku city hosted its first Formula 1 race. The excitement mounted as the June dates approached. Teachers were quick to use this as a theme for artwork. Students created a city trackway and added paper maché cars which they moulded and then painted.
and finally eat the fruit and vegetables. Each year certain books are chosen to lead and stimulate inquiry in all curriculum areas, artwork develops naturally from these favorite stories. Elmer the elephant, by David McKee, A color of his own by Leo Leonni and Draw me a star, by Eric Carle Above are some of the pictures and sculptures students have made in response to these stories.
The Early Learning center has its own garden that the students work in throughout the year. They tend the soil, sow the seeds, weed and water the area and finally eat the fruit and vegetables. During these tasks conversations about the creatures and plants occur naturally. Observational drawings and artwork using some of the plants are created throughout the year.
Students study work by local and world artists looking at the colors and techniques they use. They then create their own interpretations and explorations.
Explorations in a PYP Visual Arts Classroom