These 5th grade artists learned about the Chinese New year and the importance of dragons in Chinese culture. We looked at how other culture's dragons differ: underground, water dragons, etc. It was important for these artists to learn how to use basic shapes to begin a drawing instead of focusing and stressing over the details.
Dec 2018-Jan 2019
Two of the 5th Grade classes are working on self-portraits. They learned all about observing the lines and shapes of the face as well as how to draw the correct proportions. We discussed the anatomy of the face: how the muscle lays over bone, tissue over muscle, skin over tissue. These 5th Grade artists noticed how important it is to keep looking in the mirror to make sure their drawing looks the most like them.
Mrs. Link’s Class
Mrs. Goerlich’s Class
High School Portrait Partners
One 5th grade class got a visit from a Millbrook High School art class. They paired up and swapped information about one another to get an idea of who they will be drawing. The students were photographed. The High schoolers are drawing their 5th grader, and vice versa. They learned about guide lines to get correct proportions, drawing lightly so they can erase mistakes easily, constantly referring back to the picture of their High Schooler, and looking at shadows/shapes in the face.