Our curriculum is rich in all areas but cultural topics are some of the favorite studies . Integrating these topics into language, math, history, creative writing and studio art bring a "sparkle" to the interest and creativity of all students. We have been exploring different artists, styles and elements of art. Being able to actually view awesome sculptures this week gave inspiration to create our own sculptures. Check out our field trip pictures to Davidson College. It was an inspiring walking tour for all.
Art History/Studio Art Inspiration
We learned about Alberto Giacometti. He was a Swiss sculptor who liked working with bronze. His sculptures were often tall, thin figures. We used foil to create animals and people.
Elements of Art Lesson
Sculptures have height, width and depth/3-D. We used paper, wood, plastic, wire, cardboard and clay to design these pieces.
"How-To" writing pieces were very creative this week which included:
Ride a Horse
Clean Your Bedroom
Carve A Pumpkin
Be A Good Friend
Make a Birthday Card
Make Potato Pockets
Make a Pillow
Metal Insets are Montessori materials used to help with pencil control, to refine hand movements in preparation for writing. The first lessons begin with an introduction in primary. In lower elementary extensions with these materials become a keen interest as the designs become more refined and beautiful. From concentric circles to combinations of many geometric forms, students are producing collections of their work. These metal shapes are the same shapes as the geometry materials. Each year I observe children becoming the possessors of a great number of these drawings and the "run" on metal inset work begins.
We integrated our study of concentric circles with food prep making "Eggs in a Hole"! Yum!