Fifth graders learned about Mexican Tin Art and the importance of symbols in many types of cultural art. Students chose either a traditional Mexican symbol or a symbol with personal meaning to feature in their artwork. The design was etched into an aluminum plate, turned over, and colored in with permanent markers. Students chose a mat that complemented their design to tie it together into a stunning finished piece.
Students viewed examples of traditional dot art of the Aboriginal people of Australia. We discussed the tools and materials the people of this culture used in the past and present and imitated the style using tempera paint and Q-tips. Designs were based on real objects depicted in an abstract style. Students learned how to choose colors and patterns that create unity and harmony in their work, and the results were fantastic!
Students used watercolor crayons and markers to create expressive abstract compositions based on actual objects. They used lines, colors, and shapes that created unity and harmony in their designs. Students paid attention to contrasting colors and values to create emphasis and some students added patterns to add rhythm and texture to their work.
Fourth and fifth grade students practiced forming designs with radial symmetry by mirroring lines, colors, and shapes across a central point. They used care and precision to create detailed and balanced compositions.
We talked about the role of artists as illustrators and students looked at the children's book, Snowmen at Night, illustrated by Mark Buehner, to observe and assess how he used light and shadows to bring the pictures to life. Students used oil pastels to create their own illustration of snowmen antics that might be found in the book, focusing on using value changes to produce a 3-dimensional effect and indicate the direction of moonlight.