To help ease back into the school year, the fourth graders spent time creating their own Mandalas. The word "mandala" means "circle" in Sanskrit. Creating mandalas has been a popular art form for Tibetan monks, representing the universe and wholeness. Mandalas are made up of many patterns and designs to create one intricate work of art.
Vincent van Gogh's most famous and well known painting, "Starry Night," was painted during the summer of !889 in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence France. The fourth graders are taking on this painting with a fall twist. After drawing the starry night background, fourth graders will embed fall words into the swirling sky and rolling hills. Finally, the original cypress tree will be swapped out with a glorious fall colored tree.
Here's a fascinating video of an artist recreating Starry Night in his own unique way:
For our previous project, we used music to inspire our art. Now, we are using art to inspire our music. The fourth graders learned about Rainsticks, what they are used for and how they are made. Each student constructed one using paper towel rolls and plaster wrap. Once the Rainsticks are made, fourth graders will add mandala designs to add visual appeal.
Artists get inspiration from experiences they have every day. Kandinsky was an abstract artist who used the sounds he heard to guide his art decisions. Like Kandinsky, the 4th graders have been painting along to music in art, choosing colors they feel best represent the sounds they're hearing at that moment. Once they finish the painting, adding abstract shapes will help create a visually interesting work of art.
In 4th grade, students have been learning about Native American art to connect their learning from their classrooms. Focusing on totem poles., students discussed the purpose of them before planning their very own. The totem poles are being constructed out of clay, so they're also learning how to add details and texture with clay tools.
The fourth graders have been working on adding some warm fall colors to their contour line trees. After learning about tints, tones, and shades fourth graders painted their trees to look autumnal stretching up towards the low October sun.
Why do leaves change colors? Here is a video we watched explaining it all!
In 4th grade we've been learning about contour lines and drawing trees using a contour line. After practicing inside on the Smartboard and in our sketchbooks, we went outside and drew contour line trees from real-life. We then picked our most successful contour line tree and drew it large on nice paper to be painted.