2nd graders enjoyed discussing Australia and it's native people, the Aboriginals. We looked at a variety of Aboriginal Dot Paintings and found animals and symbols inside them. Then we looked at pictures of animals that live in Australia such as Koalas, dingos, crocodile, porcupines and many more. After the children choose an Australian animal and started with a sketch, the next art class 2nd graders began to paint in the animal and background all while listening to the musical sounds of the didgerdoo. We looked at and talked about different aboriginal symbols, their meanings and added them to our art work to tell more of a story. The last step of this Art lesson was to add the dots. It was fun to explore another culture and Art style, of course the 2nd graders work is outstanding!
In 1st grade art class we read the The Spider Weave: A Legend of Kente Cloth by Magaret Musgrove. A wonderful tale about how Kente cloth started in Ghana, Africa with 2 weavers that observed a very creative spider and her weavings. A great cultural story and introduction to our weaving project.
1st graders began by painting colorful stripes onto a long piece of paper. We talked about how the colors used in Kente cloth represented different things, as an example blue represents 'peace' and green represents 'growth' and 'food.' We also discussed how Kente cloth has patterns of color.
This art lesson started off with looking at a map of the world. We looked at where we live in relation to where India is. Then as a class we discussed elephants and looked at the differences between African and Indian (or Asian) elephants. We looked at pictures and watched a video of painted Elephants at the Elephant Festival in Jaipur. Mahouts are the people who groom and decorate the elephants for the festival .The kindergarteners became Mahouts and then drew an Indian Elephant and used construction paper crayons to decorate their elephants.
This mixed media art lesson was rich with content and as usual the kindergarteners did an amazing job !
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