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Friday, February 1, 2013

Tessellation Transformation

As part of our math concept integration in art class, 4th graders explored tessellations. We looked at Tessellation Exploration by Tom Snyder and they looked at a few samples by M.C. Escher. They learned about adjacent sides, slide translations, and transformation. After creating a slide translation template, students were to sketch a few ideas in their sketchbooks that would transform the slide into something imaginative. After tracing their template to cover a piece of paper, they were to add all the details and color in a checkerboard pattern. Coloring was to include one of the neon colors and students were to use good craftsmanship in their work. (See Animoto below)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Learning About Line: Miro-Style

I like to use Miro as a featured artist with all primary students because the artwork is easy to recognize and includes easy to understand concepts. Students can use whiteboards to practice drawing the types of lines and shapes used so they are not timid about creating their own Miro-like designs. The video below includes the work of only the youngest students so it is quite basic.