Students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and Ms. Mary's STEP class are studying line this fall. Using folded paper, paint, and marker, they are exploring how lines can be straight, they can curve, and they can bend & zigzag. For Kindergarten and STEP, our line study connects to their work with letter formation in their classrooms.
Below are 3 school wide projects from our first month of school, each focused on a different social emotional skill.
Welcome back to IAA! We're kicking off another artful year with a few art installations about being respectful in school. 2nd grade and STEP students practiced being respectful of their own learning by keeping their bodies in control (see dot paintings above and below). Each student worked to keep his/her paintbrush still for these careful paintings. Also pictured below, students in grades 1-5 demonstrated respect for others in the making of the grid installation. Each student designed a square and then asked politely to trade papers with another student at his/her table, resulting in a school wide collaboration. Click to enlarge the images.
As a follow up to their trip to see "Swimmy, Frederick, and Inch" at the Flynn Center, students in Kindergarten and STEP, our ELL class, explored Leo Lionni's picture book Swimmy. Students in STEP class used theater skills to act out the setting, plot, and characters in the book before creating their collage. They also created shadow puppets to explore the story further.
Click the gallery images below to view STEP students' exploration:
Kindergarten collages. Click to enlarge:
Stop by City Hall this month to see IAA artwork on display! Two students from each class have been selected to share their artwork in the annual City Hall Elementary Art Show. These students will be honored in an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 19th. Their work represents the creative thinking that ALL of our students have been doing this year. Go check it out! On display through March 28th. Click below to view larger images.
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:
Ada Leaphart, Visual Art Teacher at the Integrated Arts Academy