I just love these. I love that you can see a fifth grader’s maturity and playfulness at the same time in these artworks…The way you can sit down and have a very serious conversation with them one moment, and then see them hopscotch jumping down the hallway the next.
We had a lot of discussions on this sort of juxtaposition in life: opposites, balance, organized chaos, positive vs. negative, beautiful messes, contrast. I think it’s easy to see that they LOVED this project:
Kindergarteners created collages with handmade papers (that they made themselves!). Our theme for this project was, “Colors in Our World.” We discussed how the exploration of color is something that connects artists all over the world and throughout time.
First graders created these beautiful homophone necklaces. Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and carry different meanings, like “soul” and “sole.” We started with a sphere of clay, into which we poured all of our frustration, joy, sadness, fear and energy from our soul. Then we used the sole of our shoe to capture all of our emotions, creating beautiful and unexpected textures.
I love that you can see their pride through these photographs:
Here is a sneak peek at the loveliness that came back from sending third graders home with disposable film cameras.
I am constantly searching for/finding ways to show my students how much can be learned, especially if you don’t just “have it.” Looking at this next group of photographs by one of my students, Erich, I was reminded of what it looks like to just have it. Erich could have taken these photographs regardless of what I taught him in art class. Bravo!