Ms. Zink’s class got a mini-lesson on the art of calligraphy. They had read a text on Chinese culture in the classroom, and we thought it would be fun to let them experience writing with traditional tools. During an Open Studio session, with bamboo brushes, india ink, rice paper scrolls, and handouts of fancy lettering, the students set off to write their names.
Papel Picado June 1, 2012
The first graders came back for more Mexican art! To continue decorations for their Mexican fiesta, the students came to make papel picado banners. Once the students realized this art form is similar to paper snowflakes, they breezed through it.
Some pictures of the banners hanging in their classroom:
Fiesta! May 21, 2012
The first graders have been coming to Open Studio sessions to create pinatas. They’ve been studying Mexico in their classroom, and are planning to end the unit with a fiesta! The other first grade class will be coming to make papel picado, also for the fiesta.
The students have already paper mache-ed the balloons, and are now painting the pinatas:
Deepwater Animals November 16, 2011
The 1st graders have been studying the ocean and its inhabitants in science class. They came for some Open Studio classes to create an underwater diorama. Shoeboxes were painted in 4 shades of blue to represent the 4 layers of the ocean: sunlight, twilight, deepwater, and abyss zones. The students then drew details creatures that belonged in each zone. The ocean layers will make an appearance at our school’s science fair later this school year.
Some close ups of the abyss and deepwater zones:
Apple printing November 3, 2011
A kindergarten class came for an Open Studio class this week to make some giant apple paintings. We discussed what colors apples can come in, and that apples aren’t always red (including the apples from our Citysprouts garden…they’re yellow). Instead of painting with brushes, we used apples to print, which the kids found hilarious. They were very careful to remind each other to “not eat the apples”.
Garden rainbow October 18, 2011
The junior kindergarteners came for an Open Studio class recently to create a rainbow. They had previously been in our Citysprouts garden and located objects of every color. In the art studio, they colored in the shapes they had identified, as well as coloring in the bands of the rainbow. The final product is currently displayed on a bulletin board near the library.