Let the Research Begin!

This past week students began researching famous artist’s in preparation for the upcoming annual 4th grade living wax museum. Below are some of the stations that students worked in to learn about their famous artist:

RESEARCH STATIONS:

Students spent a lot of time researching this week in two different stations. Students used informational books, encyclopedias, and internet searches to use in their research. Students did a great job reading the information and deciding which facts are important enough to include in their biography about their famous artist.

TECHNOLOGY STATIONS:

Student watched several videos at the computer station to learn all about 5 different main styles of art. It is important that the students know these styles in order to better understand which style of art their particular famous artist used and how their style is different from other styles. After the computer station, students went to the COW station (COW stands for computer on wall) where they worked with the teacher on analyzing art to determine which style was used and also relating each style of art to a style of dance. The students had to create a dance at the end to show both styles. It was a lot of fun and also very informative!

ART CRITICISM STATION:

Throughout the year students have learned a critiquing strategy known as Art Criticism to analyze any type of art whether it be visual, dance, music, etc. The strategy takes the students through four phases of analysis: describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate. The students viewed a variety of artworks created by their famous artist and chose the one their group liked the most to critique.

 

The students have already completed a lot of work, but we have TONS more to do! Keep looking back for more sneak peeks at our work and join us on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 1-2 PM to see fifteen famous artists come to life in Nora Davis Magnet School’s Annual Fourth Grade Famous Artist Living Wax Museum!

 

We Are Monsters!

On Thursday, 4th and 5th grade students involved in the annual Musical performed three shows for students and parents. This year’s musical, We Are Monsters, featured werewolves, vampires, and humans. The theme was that of friendship and how although we may be very different we can still all be friends. Below are some pictures from the musical.

Dancing the Charleston with Equivalent Fractions

The students learned about the Harlem Renaissance and that the Charleston is a famous dance craze from that era. Students studied the movements of the Charleston and used these moves to showcase their learning of equivalent fractions.

The students began with a fraction and had to find one equivalent fraction by multiplying and one by dividing. The students then correlated this to medium, high, and low levels of movement in dance.

  • High Level – Equivalent Fraction Found by Multiplying (the numbers of the fraction are getting higher)
  • Medium Level – Beginning Equivalent Fraction
  • Low Level – Equivalent Fraction Found by Dividing (the numbers of the fraction are getting lower)

Come by our hall and see videos of the students showcasing their dances. Each class has a QR code linked to their video on a display in the hall.

Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up?

This past week, the students were able to experience an infusion lesson with the art teacher, Mr. Bryant, as a part of learning about our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The students began by acting out a play called, Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up. The play was about three characters who all claimed to be the real Abraham Lincoln. Each character gave a lot of true information about the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln, but two of them also gave some false information. The students had to figure out which Abraham Lincoln was the real one. The students wrote down important facts about Lincoln’s life based on the information read in the play. Next, the students watched a video about Abraham Lincoln and wrote down more facts about his life. See pictures of us working here:

 

Mr. Bryant discussed how these facts came from two different sources: one a play (print source) and one a video (digital source). He discussed that these are like complementary colors in art: they are different, but they complement each other and work together to create beautiful artwork just like our facts work together to tell the story of Abraham Lincoln. The students then used their facts, complementary colors, and a screen-print design of Lincoln to create a very unique artwork of Abraham Lincoln.  Each class had a slightly different silhouette of Lincoln to differentiate between the classes. See the pictures of our artwork here:

 

After creating the artwork, students recorded themselves stating one of the most interesting things they learned about Abraham Lincoln and created a short video collage of these statements. You can open your camera app on your phone and hover over each image below to see each class’s video:

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!

Elise in Mrs. Watts’s class is headed to the regional reading fair after placing 1st place in her division at the school and district levels. She did her reading fair board on the Chronicles of Narnia book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We are very proud of Elise’s work, and we all wish her the best of luck at regionals!

Author Study PowerPoint

For the past three weeks, the students have studied about famous children’s authors that mostly write chapter books for upper elementary age students. The students read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and learned all about his life as an example. The students then paired up to research their own famous author. Each pair wrote a biography about the author and read a book by the author. The students then wrote summaries of the book, wrote the narrative elements of the book, critiqued the book, and created a book bag to represent the book. The students took all of this information and created a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. The students put a lot of hard work into this, and it paid off. They did a great job!

Monumental Summaries

The students learned about artwork by famous artist, Alexandra Nechita. This artist began her career at the early age of eight years old – how cool! She incorporated stories in her abstract art and often made the artwork of a colossal size. Each class then read a story by famous author, Roald Dahl, and created a work of art that correlated with the summary of that story using the someone-wanted-but-so-then method of completing summaries. Look at our artwork and see if you can figure out our summaries!

Schipke’s Class  – The Witches by Roald Dahl

Watts’s Class – James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Ivy’s Class – The BFG by Roald Dahl

Plantzilla Attacks Fourth Grade!

This week the students became Botonists and learned all about plants and their life cycles. As a part of this study, the students read a fiction book called Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen where a plant seems to come to life and becomes a part of a family. The students then created their own Plantzilla based on the book using the art elements of form and the principle of balance. Students had to create a 3D sculpture of their plant and had to use a variety of art techniques to create balance within their sculpture. The students also had to showcase the parts of a flower that they had been studying during the week. Make sure to come by our hall and see all of the great plants!

Artists in the Making

We are getting ready for our annual 4th Grade Famous Artist Living Wax Museum on Wednesday, May 10th at 1:00pm in the gym. The students have been working hard writing biographies, reflections, timelines, scripts, and creating a LOT of artwork to showcase the styles of famous artists from the past. So, mark your calendars for this amazing event and catch a sneak peek in the pictures below!