How Does Your Culture Celebrate?

Grade 2 students are almost finished with a unit of inquiry all about how culture can influence art and vice-versa. being in an international school where in one class alone you have 15 different nationalities, this unit is so much fun and quite revealing for the students. I love the AHA moment when they realise that even though they belong to different cultures, they also share many things including food, language, ART and celebrations.

Paper sculptures, collage and wet-on-wet watercolour painting were the techniques explored throughout the inquiry. That in itself was also wonderful to teach and observe as the students tore paper for their collages, watched the paint spread like a ‘fire-work’ once it touched the wet paper and used their hands to sculpt paper and turn it into delicious food from all over the world.

 

 

 

So much exploration, learning, discovery, fun and gorgeous results. A winning unit for sure!

What you do you think?

 

HOW DOES YOUR CULTURE CELEBRATE?

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES YOUR CULTURE EAT?

 

 

HOW DOES YOUR CULTURE SAY HELLO?

 

 

WHAT SYMBOL REPRESENTS YOUR COUNTRY?

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Dragons in Grade Four

Our school celebrated Chinese New Year recently so it was perfect timing to explore dragons! I had recently seen a dragon project in an old Arts and Activities magazine that would fit nicely with this art lesson.

We talked extensively about dragons and looked online for many examples. The students were more than eager  to create their own unique dragon and wanted to get started. I gave out recycled paper so the kids could practice and draw 2-3 dragons from which they would have to choose one for their final piece.

I gave out 18 x 24  white contruction paper. Each student made a 2 inch border and them proceeded to draw their dragon at a much bigger scale.  Wings and tails were allowed to come off the border  so the dragons would look more dynamic and not closed in.

Next, the dragons was divided into sections and filled with different kinds of lines to create texture. The borders had to also have an interesting pattern.

I gave out watercolor pencils and the borders and dragon were colored in.

When the students added water to their sections colored in with watercolor pencils they thought it was neat that it turned into waterpaint. The main background behind the dragon was painted with regular watercolors.

Once everything was dry, the students outlined all the lines with black sharpies. This is a great lesson you can do with older kids too.

I loved how these turned out, what do you think?

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Beautiful Mosques

Check out these gorgeous mosques my students made for Ramadan. The sunsets here are quite gorgeous so we decided that chalk pastels and watercolors would look great for the backgrounds.

This is a lesson you can adapt in many ways. Instead of a silhouette mosque how about a city skyline? trees? garden? dinosaurs? The possibilities are endless!

What do you think?

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These ones were done by my grade six boys. I wanted to review lines with them so they divided their mosque into sections and filled them up with interesting lines and dots. The mosques were cut out and pasted onto a watercolor sunset background the boys made.

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