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Contemporary Art

Contemporary Art

Grade 4 artists have been busy learning about Contemporary Art under the theme of Where We Are in Place and Time while exploring the central idea of technology leads to new possibilities.

They began this unit by inquiring into the difference between Modern and Contemporary Art by taking a look at art history and what technological inventions led to changes in the art world. Do you know the differences?

Grade 4 students will be exploring three different types of Contemporary Art including Land Art, Photography, and Video Art.

The students have begun experimenting with Land Art by creating patterns with natural materials.

Sending ATC’s to the USA

Sending ATC’s to the USA

Grade 4 students have been working extremely hard experimenting with techniques and materials in order to design a variety of Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) with a specific theme or message.

Each student has donated at least one of their cards to be sent and traded with a school in the United States. The cards from SSIS have been sent and the students are now anxiously waiting for the Grade 4 students from America cards to arrive to add to their ATC collection.

Here is the full set of ATC’s that have been sent to Grade 4 students in the USA. Well done Grade 4, these cards are amazing!

Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards

Grade 4 artists have been working hard experimenting with a variety of materials to find out what mark making techniques they enjoy working with. Along with these material investigations, the students have been planning for a series of miniature artworks based on a theme, message, or issue of their choice. These miniature artworks are called Artist Trading Cards or ATC’s.

Artist Trading Cards are 2.5 x 3.5 inches and use multiple layers involving a variety of media. ATC’s are also meant to be traded. This year we have an exciting opportunity to trade our cards with a school in the United States!

Here are some of the Grade 4 ATC’s that are completed. Many cards are still a work in progress before we send them off to other Grade 4 artists!

Investigating Materials & Techniques

Investigating Materials & Techniques

Grade 4 students have started inquiring into their third art unit of the year. They are exploring the central idea of investigation leads to possibilities under the theme of Sharing the Planet.

The students have been experimenting like artists by investigating a wide range of materials and techniques, recording their findings in their sketchbooks.

They now know which techniques they personally enjoy working with and will use those techniques to develop a series of small art pieces called Artist Trading Cards under a specific theme or message of their choice.

Completed Clay Self Portraits

Completed Clay Self Portraits

The last set of Grade 4 portraits made it through the kiln this week, and the students were delighted to add their finishing touches in art class today. Their hard work is now on display in the gallery near the art rooms. Please visit the gallery space to celebrate Grade 4’s creativity and read about their sculptures in their artist statements!

Glazing Clay

Glazing Clay

Grade 4 artists were very excited to be adding color to their amazing self portrait sculptures this week. We will continue to add layers of glaze during the next few lessons before they are back in the kiln. Excellent work Grade 4, your sculptures truly show your individual personalities!

Investigating Who We Are in Unit 1

Investigating Who We Are in Unit 1

4AS students have been busy being creative inquirers in the art room this year! Here is what we have been up to so far….

At the beginning of the year grade 4 students worked in small groups to create learner profile posters as part of our art room essential agreements. They were challenged to come up with an interesting photograph using an app called WordFoto while including a description of how they would carry out their learner profile in the art classroom. Here are some examples of their completed posters that are now displayed in BS107.

After our fabulous LP posters were created, we began inquiring into our first art unit of the year! Under the theme of Who We Are 4AS students discovered how identity can be expressed in many ways while learning about the influential artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

Gathering inspiration from Arcimboldo’s creativity, grade 4 students created a personal mind map focusing on their identity. Choosing their favorite things and what makes them who they are as an individual, they used items from their mind map to create an imaginary self portrait.

After mind mapping and designing in their sketchbooks, students began creating their self- portraits out of clay. The final results are so unique and creative! Their sculptures are currently drying out in the art room and will be fired in the kiln within a few weeks.

While we are waiting for the drying process to complete, grade 4 students have jumped in to unit 2! Stay tuned to see what we are up to in art classes!

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