Last week, Dawn, an elder from the Aboriginal Education program taught us about the talking stick and talking circle. She is returning to our class on Wednesday to teach us about button blankets and First Nations art. We still need parent helpers to help the students with the needles and thread. Grandparents are also welcome in our classroom.
The students just finished a fun art project using an old shoe, paint, glitter, foamcore, glue and recyclable materials. Their work is displayed on the bulletin board at the front of the school next to the office. There are more art shoes located on the bulletin board outside of the gym. If you are at the school be sure to check out their very creative work.
Last week we had a visit from Dawn in the Aboriginal Education program. She taught us all about button blankets. The students then had the opportunity to make their own button blankets using black and red felt, buttons, a needle and thread. Each student had a choice of creating a button blanket with a salmon, raven, wolf, eagle, owl and killer whale. Adult volunteers helped the students to thread their needles and sewing on the buttons.
Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Scotland who produces art and sculptures in natural and urban environments. The materials used in his art often includes brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. In class we looked at a book and DVD about the artist.
Last week we went outside in the afternoon and in partners the students created their own environmental art by using the same natural materials that Andy Goldsworthy uses in his work. Our school playground area is ideally suited for this art activity because we have trees, bushes, large rocks and a stream. The class was very engaged and excited when working on their projects. At the end we did an Artist’s Walk where the students were given time to show and explain to rest of the class what they had created. Below are some images of their work.
Over the last few weeks we have used the technique of Printmaking to create a Christmas or Winter scene. The students also used construction paper and a tracing of their foot and hands to make their own reindeer. With watercolours, black tempera paint and a straw they made some beautiful Autumn trees. A special thanks to the parents who helped us in the classroom. The Printmaking is being displayed on the bulletin board by the office during the month of December.
The Cratex container at our school is used to store our earthquake supplies and we decided to paint the container. First, we had to clean off the mold and mildew and then paint it with a metal primer. Luckily we had a lot of sunny weather during the month of September. After coming up with an idea and drawing the mural we were able to paint it over several weeks. We are now moving on to the second side of the container and hope to finish it before the start of the rainy Fall season. A special thanks to all the students who helped with this Art project.
In class we have been using a program that allows students to create their own unique comics. They can add different backgrounds, characters and speech bubbles. Emma has created a comic about how to save the polar bears by taking better care of the environment. To view a full screen version of Emma’s comic click on the lower right corner and then the ‘Esc’ key to return to our class blog.