June 8

GRADE 3/4/5/6/E WEEK 9 AND 10 TERM 2 2020

GRADE 3/4/5/6/E WEEK 9 AND 10 TERM 2 2020

Hello to all my Grade 3/4/5/6/E students from Cambridge Primary School and whoever else might be reading this post.

avatar Shelley Menhennet

I can’t believe it is Week 10 of Term 2 2020 already or that we are all back to school together again! HOORAY!Congratulations to us all, as we all survived more than 8 weeks of remote learning and teaching at Cambridge Primary School

in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria, Australia.

 While COVID19 is still active in Victoria, and according to the Department of Education and Training guidelines, Cambridge Primary School is trying to limit the amount of items that we SHARE at school. This includes  while working in the Art Room.

So, please bring your PENCIL CASE, your IPAD and HEADPHONES to each Visual Arts session for the rest of this term!

Also, EVERYONE, and I mean EVERYONE, is feeling a little STRESSED and ANXIOUS about being back at school, all together,  after such a long time away. It is totally NORMAL to feel this way.

So let’s all promise to BE EXTRA KIND TO EACH OTHER as we work together at school over the last weeks of term 2.

  • revise art room expectations
  • ensure ALL students have completed ALL Visual Arts requirements for SEMESTER 1 REPORTS
  • If you have not completed all Visual Arts requirements for Semester 1 you must do so as soon as possible and make sure you hand them in to Mrs Menhennet
  • Students who have completed ALL Visual Arts requirements for SEMESTER 1 read through  and choose  a task from the VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASKS LIST
  • revise procedure for 5 Minutes of Focus
  • revise procedure for Cooperative Clean Up

  • I have read through Art Room Expectations
  • I have read through the list of Visual Arts requirements for Semester 1 2020
  • I have checked that I have completed ALL Visual Arts requirements for Semester 1
  • I complete any unfinished requirements for Semester 1 and hand them in
  • I select a task from the  VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST
  • I follow the procedure for 5 minutes of focus when it is called
  • I pack up immediately  when the timer for the end of the session goes off
  • i follow the procedure for Cooperative Clean Up

VISUAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS TO BE COMPLETED FOR SEMESTER 1 REPORTS 2020

Your sunflowers artworks (rough draft 4 sunflowers, rough draft vase of sunflowers, final sunflowers artwork) were due on the 24th May 2020! Draw an artwork reflecting your understanding of INTERDEPENDENCE within a hexagon shape. This artwork was due on the 6th June 2020. When they are complete you can finish your Keith Haring style large painted body shape from Term 1. Remember you were working cooperatively with a partner  on this task. When your painted body shape is complete, including the outline in a contrasting colour, help your partner to complete their painted body shape. Then you can choose a task from the VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST.

Your celestial bodies artworks (rough draft 4 celestial bodies, rough draft of two ideas for final artwork, final celestial bodies artwork were due on the 24th May 2020!

Draw an artwork reflecting your understanding of INTERDEPENDENCE within a hexagon shape. This artwork was due on the 6th June 2020.

When they are complete you can choose a task from the  VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST.

Your Famous Artwork Recreation was due on the 11th May 2020!

Draw an artwork reflecting your understanding of INTERDEPENDENCE within a hexagon shape. This artwork was due on the 6th June 2020.

When they are complete and handed in you can choose a task from the  VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST.

You must submit all your artworks or your report for Semester 1 will state NEEDS ATTENTION in the Visual Arts section.


 VISUAL ARTS CHOICE TASK LIST

Use the next double page in your art journal for your drawing or see Mrs Menhennet if you need paper bigger than that!

  •  Draw with the GEAR STENCILS
  • Draw with the LARGE SPIROGRAPH COMPONENTS on a large piece of brown kraft paper.
  • Draw with the SMALL SPIROGRAPH COMPONENTS.
  • Learn how to draw 3D SHAPES. 
  • Another video about drawing 3D SHAPES.  
  • Learn how to draw 3D SHAPES WITH SHADING and SHADOWS.

  •  Learn how to draw BLOCK LETTERS. 
  • Learn how to draw all sorts of things using how to draw sheets from Art For Kids Hub. Use the how to draw sheets OR https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub
  • Learn how to draw SIMPLE ANIME characters. Here are 3 video links.
  • Learn how to draw graffiti letters.

  • Learn how to draw BUBBLE LETTERING.

  • Learn how to draw a train with one point perspective. 

Don’t forget to clean up cooperatively when you are given the signal!

Have fun!

Mrs Menhennet

April 17

Grade 5 JOURNAL COVERS OLD AND NEW

As mentioned in my previous post I use a scrapbook as an art journal for my students from grades 1-6. Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Every year the students make a new cover for their art journal.Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

In the past I would hand the Grade 5 students an A4 sheet of paper with a grid of boxes already photocopied on it and ask the students to choose a colour and paint each box to show the colour value.Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Once the paint was dry (week 2) they then glued this sheet onto their scrapbook cover and gave their book a large title and  ensured their name and grade was easily readable. Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

I love how creatively these students completed their grade 5 art journal covers using scrap paper, pencils and textas.

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This year I have changed the grade 5 journal cover completely after seeing this gem on Pinterest. This elements of art activity is by Michelle from Tiny Art Room, a wonderful art teacher’s blog. You can check out her step by step instructions by clicking on the link above.Art elements by tiny art room used as inspiration for grade 5 journal cover

It was a terrific way for the students to show me their understanding of the elements of art and decorate their journal cover at the same time!Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Initially I showed the students a scribbly mock up I had done of what a finished cover COULD look like and then I demonstrated the simple ruling up of the different sections. The students DID NOT have to follow my layout though. As long as their cover demonstrated the seven elements of art and had a clearly readable title and their name and grade, they could use whatever layout they came up with.

 

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I then asked one of my magnificent Art Ambassadors to come up with a grade 5 cover for me and Farheen did a fantastic job, in A3 size instead of A4, so it would be easy for the students to see after I clipped it onto the whiteboard. Brilliant! And of course, I forgot to photograph it! 🙁

I’ll update this post with a photo of it when I get back to school as we are on end of Term 1 holidays and won’t go back to school until after Easter. 🙂

I have found that I prefer to use student samples whenever I can. It makes a huuuuuge difference! It doesn’t matter how many times I tell the students that their artwork doesn’t have to look exactly like mine, and I give them plenty of options for choice, about 85% of artworks would look as close to my sample as possible. Always….. doesn’t matter what I say…… always!This is greatly reduced when I show a range of student created samples. This is one of the great benefits of photographing student artworks.

I was also surprised at how many students struggled with ruling up the cover that I demonstrated for them. And I did demonstrate it for them, once altogether and then at every table and then for many individuals that just weren’t getting it. They did not have to use my way of dividing up the A4 piece of paper to fit the elements of art in. They could do it any way they liked but few tried anything else, even though they were struggling to rule it up. They really couldn’t figure out how I ruled up the sections! It was like I was doing some amazing magic trick every time I demonstrated it!!!

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These students are in Grade 5 and most of them had NO IDEA how to RULE A STRAIGHT LINE WITH A RULER! They didn’t even have to measure anything, just rule up straight lines diagonally from corner to corner. They actually had no idea how to put pressure on the ruler with the fingers of your hand without the pencil to hold the ruler still! I will use this video next time so I won’t need to be explaining it over and over and over again.

So this says to me that at Grade 5 level they had never done this before! How is that possible? Don’t they have to measure lengths in maths? Or rule up shapes? They certainly did the last time I taught maths and it wasn’t that long ago!

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Well, ruler struggles aside, I will definitely be using this cover idea again for grade 5  as the students that persevered and finished their covers did a really fantastic job. These are artworks to be proud of! Thanks for looking and I know the students would love it if you left a comment!

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Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

Grade 5 journal cover incorporating seven elements of art line shape form texture space value Cambridge Primary School Visual Arts

July 5

Grade 6 Optical Illusion drawing

I was looking for a drawing activity for my grade 6 at the start of the year and found this on my pinterest board op art that I had pinned ages ago.

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Thank you to We Heart Art who had a brilliant step by step procedure on their blog. It was a fantastic activity as it required few materials and soon had the students totally absorbed in their work.

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I must admit to being horrified at the grade 6 students poor ruler skills so was glad to provide them with this much needed practice!

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After looking at this set of samples all agreed that they would like to put themselves in the illusion, so when they were tired of ruling and colouring neatly they used their ipads to take photos of each other falling into 3e6ab44ae72303d30cf33c62c09b25e3what we all thought looked like a mysterious portal to somewhere else.

The photos were then to be emailed to me so I could have them printed off for their next art session. It was supposed to be so simple but the amount of students that did not have their email set up and running on their ipad was ridiculous. I also pointed out to the students that as they have their ipads all the time they could take their photo and send it to me any time rather than waste their art session doing this bit. A few students did this and emailed me their photos from home but most forgot about it until their next Visual Arts session.

I am certainly not the type of Visual Arts teacher that spoon feeds her students so they were responsible for getting their photo to me for printing. It became plainly obvious fairly quickly that there were lots of students who had forgotten all about getting their email settings sorted out and/or taking their photos in their own time. I absolutely refuse to fuss over students who don’t fulfill a simple requirement in a timely manner. Learning to use your one hour of art time well is part of being a responsible student but not having had this  particular cohort of students for a long time ( I have taught Prep – 3 the last few years) it was clear I was going to have to spend a lot of time pushing them to become more responsible for their own learning.

They did get there in the end and all were proud of their finished pieces which made an amusing display in the main hallway!

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Positives:

  • Fantastic activity for the start of the year
  • needs little in the way of materials
  • many interesting discussions about colour, shading, line etc
  • students very supportive and encouraging of each others ideas
  • hilarious acting in the photos
  • practicing ruling lines
  • practicing cutting tricky shapes
  • practicing terrible colouring skills!

Negatives:

  • Some students were incredibly sssllllooooowwwwww to get this finished!
  • internet, email, etc never work when you want them to
  • many beautifully drawn backgrounds without photos to finish them off due to students not taking responsibility to get this bit done

Thanks for looking and I’m sure the grade 6 students would love it if you left them a comment!

Shell