Monday, May 21st, 2012
What can I say, its been a great year at Lynn Road Elementary and I’ve truly enjoyed teaching the children at our school. I have ended this year with many great memories.
Fifth grade learned all about drawing from observation with a series of activities that included some drawing outside and inside. We used the patio outside to draw some outdoor scenes, and then set up a still life inside the room to draw our own Henri Matisse inspired still lifes. Matisse would paint simple still lifes and then fill is canvas with beautiful patterns and designs. He also used wild and unusual colors. The results from our fifth graders are colorful and very observant.
Fourth grade looked at some amazing Tibetan Sand Mandalas. As seen here. This kids were amazed at the intricate details that the monks achieve with just sand and even more amazed that after all of those hours of work, they sweep up the designs and pour them into a river. We talked about how the mandalas that the monks make represent the world and students were asked to think of things that represent themselves. I asked for things that were more deep or important than their favorite video games or such. They were to think about how they would feel about things in 10-20 years and what they think would still be important to them after that long. We drew and cut out circles and then designed only one quarter of the circle. We used a crayon transfer technique to put the designs into the other sides of the circle, thus creating radial symmetry.
Third grade worked in pairs to complete some awesome mythical creatures. We started with oatmeal boxes and other recycled materials and covered them with papier mache. It was pretty hilarious watching the students react to having their hands covered in the water and flour mess that they used to cover everything. They all loved getting so messy and I apologize to parents for the mess on their clothes when they came home. We then painted the sculptures and added other embellishments. The results are pretty darn cute.