Students have done wonderful designs in their art books for their three pieces, carefully written down the ceramic glaze codes they are using to finish their cultural clay artworks and are now in the very last stages of this unit.
After making a Mexican/Oaxacan-inspired pinch pot turtle, a Chinese porcelain-inspired coil vase and an African-inspired slab mask all that remains is to reflect on what we have learned in this unit, take photographs of the beautiful artworks when they come out of the kiln and display the artworks for all to enjoy.
Keep an eye out for the next Art post letting you know where these creations are being exhibited. In the meantime, please ask your young artist some questions about the unit, like…
- Which of the cultural clay pieces is their favourite? And why?
- What would they change if they could go back in time and change any work from this unit?
- How did they like working with clay and glaze?
- Which culture did they enjoy learning about the most? And why?
March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.
The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.
Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –
§ Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.
One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.
Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng
The last coil vases, pinch pot turtles and clay masks were made by 1JA artists this week – well done!
Students also worked hard on designing how they want to paint their clay artworks. They thought about the colors and patterns used by the three cultures we have been studying and drew their own design for each piece in their book. Some even got to start glazing!
This means next week everyone will be glazing (painting) their clay that has gone through the kiln once.
Hopefully we will have some brave Grade 1 artists share their clay work with you on the blog soon.
By the students of 1JA;
Lia said we wrote about our holidays in our ESL class. Hayeon said that she liked writing about Korea.
Seb said we used puppets in the library. Ryan said we did it to express the story. Erin and Sophie said it was just like reading a story.
Aurelien said we did exercise in PE. Iwo said we had fun talking about time and the days of the week.
Thank you from 1JA
Grade 1 artists have
had an exciting end to the Year of the Dog – they’ve been studying cultures and connecting them to the clay techniques they’ve been learning in our second art unit, ‘How The World Works’.
Students have created pinch pot turtles they were inspired by Mexican Oaxacan animal art, coil vases inspired by Chinese porcelain and slab masks inspired by African tribal art.
Our young artists have planned some beautiful glaze designs in their books and can’t wait to paint their clay pieces when they come back from the Chinese New Year break.
Plus, as always, I encourage the family to take time to ask your young artist what they’re doing in Art class and how they feel about it. Reflection through discussion is a great opportunity to recall, revise and be thankful for our progress.
May you all have a wonderful break! And do let me know if you get the chance to see or make any clay or ceramic art over the holidays. Our Art action wall would love some new additions.
Xin nian kuai le!
🙂 Ms Kendal
In the Music class students are looking at ways the stories are told through music by playing instruments (“The Gingerbread Man”) or rap rhyme retelling of fairy tales (“The Little Red Rap”).
Erin said ‘we had lot’s of fun’!!!!!!!!!!!! Ryan said we wear pajamas in class. Aurelien said ‘awesome day’! Ilene, Grace, Lissa Hayeon, Sophia and Ann felt that today made them sleepy. Seb said ‘whaaaa’. Iwo said it was cold outside. Elisabeth said she was very hot in her pajamas. Sophie and Benjamin are very excited they said.
Karen and I hope that you have enjoyed your holiday. This week we have focused on getting the students active again, all grade 1 students participated in a series of 6 fitness circuits during their sessions as we prepare for our movement unit for the next 5-6 weeks. During the movement unit the students will use the terminology of ROTATIONS, TRAVEL, BALANCE, and JUMP to describe and label their movements. This unit covers a mixture of gymnastic type movements such as rolls, balances, leaps, and gallops etc and then adapting/modifying them into a small routine – particular focus for grade 1 will be a high level link with their current story telling unit and looking at the concept of perspective.
Just a reminder that students are encouraged to bring a change of clothes for PE sessions for both hygiene and ease of movement reasons. Time will be given before and after the session to get changed. Any sports clothes are recommended although students often prefer to wear their house t-shirts or proper school PE uniform.
As always both Karen and I encourage families to talk about PE at home and we welcome any feedback, questions, clarifications that you may have as a result of your child’s PE sessions.
Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng