Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fifth Grade African Animals

Fifth graders did an incredible job drawing these African animals and the African fabric-influenced background patterns.  First, they researched African animals and their significance in African art on the webpage of the National Museum of African Art. Then, they chose their animals and spent several weeks creating drafts of drawings. Finally, they used sharpie to outline and marker or colored pencil to color them in.  They also created an artist statement for their pieces, explaining the significance of the animal and why they chose it.

 I chose an African Meerkat. In African culture it represents leadership, royalty, intelligence, and invincibility. I chose this animal because Meerkats are adorable and like me, are small but mighty.

I choose the African wild dog for my project. I choose the dog because the symbol is mystical power and I love dogs.

 Monkeys symbolize Initiation, Healing, and Hunting. I chose a monkey because they very cute and fun to play with. One of a monkey's main traits are playful and funny and I can be playful and funny too!

I chose an elephant because I think they're cool and my nanny’s niece loves elephants. In African art an elephant means power, authority, intelligence, and longevity.

 This is an African blue sterling. 
It looks cool and I like birds
In African art, birds mean communication, past learning, future.

 I chose the African Wild Dog. In African art, this animal means hunting, mystical powers, and insight. I chose this animal because I love dogs.

 Pangolin represents royalty, power, and defense. I chose this animal because it fascinates me how I've never heard of this animal before and because I really like its appearance.

 The animal I choose was the Gaboon Viper. I choose it because I thought it would be cool to draw a snake. The symbols of the snake are infinity, rebirth, patience, power, creativity, and wealth.

 I chose the African wild dog. The African wild dog stands for hunting, mystical power, and insight. I chose the African wild dog because I chose to study them in a project and I love them.

I chose a scorpion. In African art, it represents time and the rising sun. I chose it because I think it looks really cool.

 I chose a lion.
I chose it because it is a leader and is strong.
It stands for royalty, hunting, and warrior.

 I chose a wild dog. I chose it because I like dogs because they are really friendly and really understand and love their owners. They represent hunting, mystical power, and insight.

 I chose a turtle. I chose a turtle because I like them. It represents strength, royalty, and authority.

 I chose an African Elephant because I really like elephants. It symbolizes power, authority, intelligence, and longevity.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Passover: Fifth Grade Matza Covers

Fifth graders created these designs on fabric with fabric markers. First, they used stencils or drew freehand onto the fabric in pencil. Then, they carefully drew grid lines with a ruler, going through their bubble letters to chop them into different planes. Finally, they used fabric markers to create the eye-catching grid effect. 

Passover: First Grade Seder Plates

First graders created these beautiful Passover seder plates using Sculpey polymer clay, tissue paper, and mod podge. First, we created the ritual items: matza, charoset, parsley, egg, shankbone, saltwater, and bitter herb. As we made each one, students contributed their knowledge about the symbolism of each item.  Then, they smoothed tissue paper onto the plate with mod podge, which left it shiny and polished.

First Grade Chinese Dragons

First graders learned about Chinese New Year traditions. Being in a Jewish school, we discussed cross-cultural comparisons such as the focus on family, and the festival meal with traditional foods. I introduced the idea that Chinese dragons symbolize good luck and strength, which contrasts with traditional European fairy tale bad-guy dragons.  We drew the dragons step by step, focusing on noticing shapes and different kinds of lines. They used colored pencil and Sharpie to add vibrant colors.