Grade 3’s collaborative creativity & self-portrait sculptures

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Photo © A. Reed 2015

With a brief interruption to design and create props, scenery, and costumes for their Unit 3 plays, the Grade 3 students have finally finished their Unit 1 sculptures which — as the students now realize — spell out WHO WE ARE IN GRADE 3 when strung together, as seen above hanging in the windows. At the beginning of our unit, there was much discussion about what these letters would spell!

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Photo © A. Reed 2015


Photo © A. Reed 2015

Photo © A. Reed 2015

The central idea of this visual art unit is that collaboration can lead to learning, creativity, and an understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. At the outset of this inquiry, each team of two or three students practiced the various aspects of this sculpture’s process (ideating, drawing, painting, building, measuring) and then assessed their own strengths and weaknesses on each one. Students also reflected on their own interests, desires, and favorite activities and made notes in their sketchbooks accordingly for later use.

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Over the course of the unit, the students taught and learned from one another and all contributed in different ways to the development of the unique projects. The collaborative aspects of the project — making decisions, solving problems, and working/teaching/learning together — was quite challenging for some, but most teams came to appreciate the advantage of a collaborative effort. And throughout the unit, the students also practiced learning to identify stages of their own and others’ creative process.

VIEW THE STUDENTS AT WORK — AND THEIR FINISHED ARTWORKS — HERE:

Teams were assigned a letter of the alphabet to construct in three dimensions (using paper, rulers, scissors, tape, and papier-mâché). Each team then was challenged to transform the 3-D letter into an imaginative, sculptural self-portrait by showing their interests and personalities in, on, and around the sculpture (via drawing, painting, sculpting or collaging). Grade 3’s three-dimensional letters are now exhibited together (in the windows of the upstairs K-1 building hallway), visual, three-dimensional representations of the images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to these 3rd grade students.

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Come view the finished artwork both from the vantage point of the basketball court, looking up to the 2nd floor display, and from a much closer viewpoint upstairs in the hallway where the sculptures hang — where you can also read each student’s written reflection about their work (about how “the sculpture is a reflection of me” and why “collaboration is important”).

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Photo © A. Reed 2015

Grade 3’s collaborative creativity & sculptures

After completing their Explorer Unit play productions earlier in the year the Grade 3 students at long last returned to their group “self-portrait” sculpture projects.

The central idea of this unit is that collaboration can lead to new learning, unforeseen creativity, and better understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. At the outset of this project, each team of three students had to practice the various aspects of this sculpture’s process — ideating, drawing, painting, building, measuring — and then divide up the tasks according to each’s strengths.  Over time, the students have learned from one another and, for the most part, have all contributed in many ways to the development of their projects.

Their challenge has been to transform their letters into objects which display their imagination and represent their interests and personalities.  In the end, Grade 3’s three-dimensional letters have been combined — and all hung from the ceiling in the upstairs K-1 building hallway — to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit (WHO WE ARE IN GRADE 3) and to be visually reflective of those images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to these 3rd graders. Throughout the unit, the students have learned to identify stages of their own and others’ creative process.

Come view the finished artwork both from the vantage point of the basketball court, looking up to the 2nd floor of the K-1 building, and from a much closer viewpoint upstairs in the hallway where the sculptures hang.

The 2015 YAMATE ART EXHIBITION

The annual Yamate Art Exhibition has begun!

The exhibition runs from Saturday February 14 to Monday February 23 at Bluff No. 115-3, The British House — link here — across the street from Y.I.S. (横浜市中区山手町115-3) from 9:30-17:00 daily, 9:30-12:00 on Feb 23.

This art show is part of the Yokohama Yamate Art Festival and includes the artwork of students from several schools in the Yamate area, each exhibited at a different residence on The Bluff.

There are 114 elementary school artists in this year’s show, so do come visit the Y.I.S. student gallery and see the energy, efforts, and two- & three-dimensional creativity of our Kindergarten through Grade 5 students!

 

Grade 3’s learning styles and 3D letter sculptures

After completing their Explorer Unit play productions earlier in the year the Grade 3 students at long last returned to their group sculpture projects, each based on a letter of the alphabet.  At the outset of this project, each team of three students had to practice the various aspects of this sculpture’s process — ideating, drawing, painting, building, measuring — and then divide up the tasks according to each’s strengths.  Over time, the students have learned from one another and, for the most part, have all contributed in many ways to the development of their projects.

Their challenge has been to transform their letters into objects which display their imagination and represent their interests.  In the end, Grade 3’s three-dimensional letters have been combined — and all hung from the ceiling in the upstairs K-1 building hallway — to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit (WHO WE ARE IN GRADE 3) and visually reflective of those images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to these 3rd graders. Throughout the unit, the overarching learning outcome has been for students to identify the stages of their own and others’ creative process.

First week of Art Class in 2013-14

The beginning week of school is behind us, and most of the ES students have come to the art studio for the first time. Kindergarten and Grade 1 will have their first class starting in Week 2, although some of the kindergarten students were kind enough to come upstairs to meet Mr. Reed and to see their new art studio.

Grades 2 – 5 enjoyed the incredible picture book ‘Chalk’ (see it in the YIS Library!) and then each had a warm-up art activity to get their brains and eyes and hands ready for the upcoming Unit 1 projects. Grade 2 worked with plasticine (playdough) in anticipation of their ‘Where We Are In Place And Time’ clay portrait project. Grade 3 were challenged to create paper sculptures as they prepare for their ‘Who We Are’ 3-D sculptural project. Grade 4 played with abstract designs in creating patterns as they look forward to their ‘Where We Are In Place And Time’ wearable fabric project. And Grade 5 drew two self-portraits (one with a mirror and one without) in preparation for their ‘Sharing The Planet’ project on conflict resolution.

You can see some of the children at work here over the past several days:

3rd Graders work to complete their personalized letter sculptures

Having completed their Explorer Unit play productions (complete with original props, set design, and costumes) the 3rd graders at long last returned to their group sculpture projects, each based on a letter of the alphabet.  At the outset of this project back in September, each team of three students had to practice the various aspects of this sculpture’s process — ideating, drawing, painting, building, measuring — and then divide up the tasks according to each’s strengths.  Over time, the students have learned from one another and, for the most part, have all contributed in many ways to the development of their projects.  Their challenge has been to transform their letters into objects which display their imagination and represent their interests.  In the end, the 3rd graders’ three-dimensional letters will be combined — and all hung from the ceiling — to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit and visually reflective of those images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to these 3rd graders.

3rd Graders complete another stage of their Letter Sculptures

The 3rd Graders have made much progress as they near the completion of their letter sculptures.  They have finalized their designs and plans and are currently painting and constructing the details which personalize their sculptures: colors, images, and objects which describe them individually and as “3rd graders”.  Collaboration has been a major aspect of this projects, and the students have made much progress in learning to be open-minded & caring, communicators & risk-takers.

3rd Graders progress with their Letter sculptures

Having finished constructing the letters with stiff paper, tape, and scissors, they have moved on to the next step: enveloping their structures with paper and glue (“papier maché”). This messy but precise process aims to strengthen the sculptures and give a kind of ‘skin’ to their letters.  Each team of three had to practice aspects of the paper mache process and then divide up the tasks according to their strengths.  In the end, all the 3rd graders’ letters will be combined to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit and visually reflective of those images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to 3rd grade.

Here are some Third Graders at work with paper mache:

3rd graders at work on paper mache from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

3rd Grade moves forward with their 3-D constructions

Now working in small groups to create sculptures of letters of the alphabet, 3rd Graders are thinking about how to create their sculptures so as to represent themselves both as individuals and as “3rd graders”. They work together, aware of each others’ particular strengths (drawing, painting, building, ideating, measuring, etc) as they share tasks. As they finish constructing the letters with stiff paper, tape, and scissors, they move on to the next step: enveloping their structures with paper and glue (“papier maché”). In the end, all the 3rd graders’ letters will be combined to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit and visually reflective of those images, ideas, thoughts, fantasies, and passions particular to 3rd grade.

Here is the instructional video the students watched in order to reinforce the paper mache (“papier maché”) process.

how to create a three-dimensional letter II from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

Here are pictures of the students as they design and construct their letters before beginning the paper mache process.

3rd grade learns how to build a 3-dimensional paper structure

The 3rd graders have been focusing on sculpture, specifically on the manipulation of (2-dimensional) sheets of paper to create 3-dimensional forms: by folding, curling, fringing, looping, and spiraling.  Now, they are working in small groups — balanced according to their self-assessed strengths (drawing, painting, building, measuring, ideating) — to create sculptures of letters of the alphabet.  Students will have to determine how to create their sculptures so as to represent themselves both as individuals and as “3rd graders”.  In the end, their sculptures will be combined to create a phrase focused on the central idea of their first unit.

Here are the 3rd graders at work on their introductory project and on their new and current project:

The accompanying instructional videos detail the skills and processes which the 3rd graders have been practicing and using in art class; they may be watched at home by students who want further practice.

basic 3D paper manipulations from YIS Academics on Vimeo.

how to create a three-dimensional letter from YIS Academics on Vimeo.