7th graders learned about the style of art called POP ART. Students saw how the art showed things from popular or consumer culture. We also looked at Egyptian canopic jars, which were used to store organs during the mummification process. Each student built their own jar and then added their own item from popular or consumer culture that is popular to them now. Enjoy!
The 6th graders looked at artwork by Clarence Carter for inspiration. Students made their portrait peeking over a wall with an inspiring, positive message that they wanted to share. Which messages inspire you?
6th graders learned about quilt history and how it connects to our past and traditions. Students learned about barn quilts and were able to design and paint their own mini barn quilt on wood. Some skills we learned were using rulers to make geometric shapes, making a grid and enlarging a design on a larger surface. Students also learned how to use tape to help them create a neater and more exact painting.
7th graders have been working to make their own creative tessellation. We looked at the art of M.C. Escher for inspiration. Students learned how to make a translation, rotation and translation/rotation tessellation.
Here are all of the finished tessellations!
6th graders have been learning about Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist who covers her world with dots.
Students chose a pose that represented who they are or what they like. Then they cut out hundreds of colored dots. Students arranged the dots in their own sequence on the silhouette and we are displaying them in the hallway. Come take a look at the 6th grade artists!
6th graders finished painting their quilt block design. Some of the students had time to add stitching with yarn to some shapes and parts of the design. We looked at quilt design and barn quilt design from Iowa history.
The 7th graders each made a clay jar with a 3D object or person from popular culture. Students made a list of what is popular to them now and chose an item from their list to make on the jar. Canopic jars are jars from ancient Egypt. Egyptians stored human organs in the jars when they were doing the mummification process. These creative jars will be great to hold little keepsakes, jewelry, or change.
Our last project for the quarter in 7th grade art is a paper mache bowl. We looked at paper mache artwork from Haiti. Here is a PREZI with more information.
Students will make their own bowl and possibly another 3D object.
6th graders took a trip to the Living History farms earlier this year and have been learning about Iowa history in their social studies class. To connect with what they are learning in social studies, we looked at quilting and barn quilts as part of Iowa history and tradition. Students are making their own quilt block design and then painting it on watercolor paper. We hope to have to time to do some stitching with yarn on it as well.
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