Recyclable materials

4th Grade, Recycled Robot Sculptures

Fourth Grade students just finished creating these unique/one of a kind, recycled robots!  We began by learning about robots, what they are, how they function, and what they are made from. Students designed their robot “prototype” with a specific function in mind. They turned their working drafts into 3D sculptures. Our 4th Grade artists were encouraged to use as many recyclable materials as possible in their creations. They were also challenged to create a sculpture that did not exceed 8’x 8″ 8″.  Students have been cutting, layering, bending, twisting, and attaching their recyclable pieces for the past few weeks. Take a look at their finished sculptures! Fourth grade really loved working on this PBL lesson!

On our last meeting day, students participated in a post-it note critique. Students enjoyed sharing their creations with their classmates.

3rd Grade Art Exhibition

Our 3rd graders did a fantastic job showcasing their artistic creations at their gallery show yesterday. They presented their fish and biography works of art to parents, staff and students. I’m so proud of our 3rd grade artists! I have so loved collaborating with our 3rd grade teachers on this exciting science/ art/ writting project! An earlier post showcased a sneak peek at our recyclable creations. Now, take a look at our finished fish! fish Display 1 Fish display 2 fish display 3 Students designed a fish inspired by four adaptations, body shape, mouth, coloration, and reproduction. Students began by collected plastic recyclables to reuse in the creation of their fishes body.  Next, we used cardboard to create details like fins as well as a mouth. Thirdly, we layered plaster wrap over our fishes form to make them sturdy and ready for color. Lastly, we used different painting techniques to create our fish’s coloration.  Each fish was fashioned with features best suited to help it survive in their aquatic habitat. Arn’t they fantastic!

El Anatsui exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art

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El Anatsui takes inspiration from his homeland in Nigeria. Can you see the resemblance these works have to woven kente cloth?

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Can you believe this entire floor sculpture was composed of condensed milk can lids? El Anatsui Brooklyn art museum 028El Anatsui Brooklyn art museum 029El Anatsui Brooklyn art museum 027

Discarded materials have never looked so beautiful!

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“Breathtaking”, is the best word to describe the work of artist, El Anatsui. Traveling through El’s exhibition, Gravity and Grace, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, I found myself astonished and amazed that one single object, when collected and arranged, could take on an entirely new form. From afar these works allude texture, pattern, shape, light, value, color, movement, and rhythm. So many of the elements and principals we will be exploring this year in art! From up close you see and appreciate the individual material, time, and innovation. Recycled Materials, like metal bottle caps, condensed milk tins, copper wire, roofing sheets, and printing plates, create the intricate shimmering metallic hangings that create El’s current work. Confronting ideas that we will be revisiting through out the school year, El’s work explores big ideas such as transformation, culture, global consumerism, and identity. I hope you enjoy learning and exploring the art of El Anatsui!

Chances are you will see El’s celebrated work resurface through out the school year. He is one of my favorites!