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Gr 2 Understanding the Art World

Grade Two students have been studying the world of artists and learning from their work by looking at Aboriginal Art. We realized that these artists use symbols to communicate their stories, also called dreamings, and thought of our own imaginary adventures between all the strange creatures of Australia. Whenever we couldn’t find a symbol that fit our needs, we had to design our own.

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Kindergartners are Envisioning and Expressing

“To imagine what can’t be seen and think of the steps that can be used to express a feeling or idea.”

In Kindergarten, learners took a “mind picture” of a family member and created a puppet with the correct colored skin, hair and other features. We had quite a few giggles as they discussed they their families!

We also looked at art by the Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky, and discussed the way in which he used shapes and lines to express himself. Students then went on to create a work of art in a similardscn5025 style.dscn5020 dscn5021 dscn5022 dscn5023 style.

Art and the Early Childhood Classes

Drawing together and making a big picture.
Making patterns on card!
Adding beautiful,  colorful patterns onto our painting!
Printing with shapes!
Adding shiny things to our painting.
More shiny shiny things!
Taking turns and sharing with our friends.

Art in EC classes is learning to share and taking turns as well as drawing and painting! We mix colors and paint with them. We use fat brushes to paint and thin brushes to add patterns. We love to use stamps to make patterns. But most of all we love to have fun while making ART!

Grade 5- Observe and Reflect

Grade 5 students chose a part of the globe that they had a connection with. They then enlarged the map by using the grid method, colored it using watercolor pencils and burned the edges, which was probably the most exciting part of the project! Some comments:

Amal: “I didn’t know that people used candles in the old days and that’s why the edges of their maps got burnt.”

Carmen: “I learned a new way of drawing maps instead of just drawing it off the internet.”

Cici: “I learnt how to use a grid to enlarge a map.”

Ruhi: “I learnt about the continent I was born in. I enjoyed burning the edges.”

Ronnie: “Burning the edges was easier than I thought.”

Alhan: “Burning the map was really fun.”

Hakan: “I learned how to construct maps. I enjoyed burning the maps.”

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This is me!!!

For their unit on identities and who they are, Grade Two students have been making self-portraits They have been looking at themselves and trying to figure out where the eyes go and where the nose goes. What color are my eyes and what color is my hair? Is my hair curly or straight? These are all the questions we have been asking ourselves as we draw our faces.


This is me! on PhotoPeach

Grade 3

Grade Three students have been looking at “Understanding the Art World.” During this unit we are studying the work of the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. His use of color to create movement was something that we tried to copy while creating our masterpieces.

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Grade Four Visit Tinga Tinga Artists

Gregory Mchopa, a Tinga Tinga artist, visited Grade Four classes during art this week. He shared his work with the students and demonstrated how he paints and outlines the animals he paints. The students were very impressed by his work. This week we visited the Tinga Tinga Market and observed other artists at work too. We will now create paintings inspired by the artists and the painting we saw.

Gregory Mchopa talking about his Art
Sketching at Tinga Tinga market
More sketching at Tinga Tinga market
Drawing animals Tinga Tinga style!