5th Grade: Mexican Calaveras
For this unit students learned about the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos, which translates to the Day of the Dead. A long standing three day tradition that celebrates the deceased of loved ones. Students watched a video of the ofrendas (offerings) families make for loved ones that include food, photographs, flowers and skulls...or calaveras. Students were given the challenge to create their own Calavera taking into account design, proportions, symmetry, asymmetry, bordering and themes.
For this unit students learned about Contour line and how to draw their own hand in the contour style. Students had to follow the lines of their hands in a chosen position making sure to create the form of their hand with one simple line. Inspired by the artist Sedef Yilmabasar, a woman born in Istanbul who finds art in textures, color, symbols and all her cats students created their own Yilmabasar patterns in the backgrounds and applied vibrant solid color to fill them in. On their hands they found the small spaces to work with while keeping the majority of the space of the hand white paper.
3rd Grade: Form & Value
For this unit students learned how the difference between shape and form creating their own form of cubes. Students also learned about the Design Element Value and how to apply it with the use of crayon and hand pressure. Pattern, a Design Principle was added to the background where students had to continue their pattern throughout with differing color patterns.
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