Last year in 4th grade, the current 5th graders learned all about museums. They spent time virtually visiting museums, learning about the roles of people within a museum, and even curated and hosted their own Windsor Art Museum gallery opening. This year, the 5th graders finally get to go to an art museum to see everything they learned about first-hand. Not only will they get to visit a museum, but they will also have the opportunity to see an exhibition related to our current project.
Inflatable art is a form of contemporary art. The 5th graders are not creating inflatable art per se, but are constructing sculptures that look similar to inflatable art. Jeff Koons is a popular modern artist that also created sculptures to resemble inflatable art. The themes of his artwork were typically based on things that made him happy and were important to him. To learn more about Jeff Koons and his inflatable art click here. The 5th graders had to choose an object that brings them joy, or represents who they are for their sculptures. The Inflatable Art exhibition at the Elmhurst Art Museum will give the students further ideas for their projects.
If you could design your own city, what would it look like? The 5th graders had to ask themselves that question before creating their latest work of art. We talked about perspective drawing, and how things change as they get further away from us.
The 5th graders have been learning about graphic design and how much it impacts our day-to-day lives. Did you ever stop and think an artist had to design what got printed on the Kleenex box you are using? After reflecting on the purpose of graphic design and the importance of creating an appealing image, the 5th graders began planning a journal cover. After their plans are complete, they will actually create the cover and add pages to make it a real journal.
The 5th graders have been working really hard to master advanced surface qualities through the use of their ebony pencil. After drawing, adding details, and shading their selfie-portraits, the 5th graders spent time assessing their skills and making goals for themselves for improvement.
Mrs. Wilson's class is taking a break from perspective drawing to start the sculpture portion of the project. Every 5th grade class will get to this eventually. For Mrs. Wilson's class, we are focusing on the Iditarod and what it teaches us about who we are inside. Thinking about words like perseverance and determination, student's chose a pose that gives a visual depiction of these terms. The 5th graders started by constructing a foil skeleton, and will add plaster wrap to make it stiff.
The 5th graders have been learning about perspective in art class. After some activities on the Smartboard, the 5th graders used their new knowledge to draw their own cities using one-point perspective. It was a lot of hard work, but once the hard part was over the students began to get very creative.