This week in our Art + Social Studies unit, we studied Abenaki stories and weaving. Sra Bangoura and Mr. T told the story of the trickster Gluskabe and the Wind Eagle, and students brainstormed a list of important words from the tale (list pictured below). They then chose a few words to weave into their artwork. Click to enlarge images below.
Students in grades K, 2, 5, and one 1st grade class are in the midst of a printmaking unit. They are making collagraph prints from collages. Kindergarten and 1st grade students found there inspiration in mandala designs, students in grade 2 focused on making an image out of geometric shapes, and 5th grade students created images out of both geometric and organic shapes.
We kick-started our latest Art Integration unit, Everybody Weaves, with a day of exploration. The unit, which will focus on weaving and storytelling in different cultures that coexist in Vermont, was inspired by a popular trend in the 4th grade at IAA: rainbow weaving with rubber bands. These images from Friday's class show students demonstrating weaving techniques as well as inventing new techniques together. Click on an image to enlarge it.
Students in the 3rd grade and STEP class are having a ball with their sculpture unit. Their latest exploration is about gesture and the human figure. They are sculpting Giacometti-inspired figures using aluminum foil and plaster. Students acted out and sketched their ideas before beginning to sculpt. More updates to come!
Images of Alberto Giacometti's work below:
First grade students learned about mixing primary colors to create the three secondary colors (orange, purple, and green). Each student mixed his/her own secondary colors and painted local newspapers to create collage materials to share with their classmates. The next week we looked at Romare Bearden's neighborhood collages and photos of colorful houses in Burlington's Old North End. The images inspired their final neighborhood collages. Click for larger images of these snowy scenes.
An example of one of Romare Bearden's neighborhood collages, The Block:
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy