Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SECOND GRADE . . . The making of an Egyptian mask

Second graders looked forward to this art project all year. The day we created our plaster masks, we left the art room covered in white plaster and smiling from ear to ear! This fun project took us on a journey around the world and over 3,000 years back in time to the rich art and culture of Ancient Egypt.

Here is a video of how we created our own King Tut masks... enjoy!!

FIFTH GRADE . . . Is it Math or is it Art?

Maurits Cornelis Escher, best known to us as M.C. Escher, was a Dutch graphic artist. His woodcut, called "Sky and Water," from 1938, is typical of Escher's work. It plays around with the positive and negative spaces in the print, tricking us to focus on just the bird in the sky or the fish in the water. In mathematical terms, his artwork is often called a tessellation, a repetition of tiles that fit together like a puzzle.

Fifth graders worked on original illusions with one image that tessellates together with another image in the negative space. This project was difficult for us to do and definitely called on our creative thinking skills. It is hard enough to solve a problem, even harder to come up with our own puzzle for everyone else to solve! I think our fifth graders lived up to the challenge!

Here are a few examples of their illusions. To see all of our work, check out the 5th grade exhibit page on Artsonia.com.  http://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=114839

Artwork by Jillian
Artwork by Taylor
Artwork by Evan

Artwork by Annabella
Artwork by Haeun
Artwork by Noah