Fifth graders learned about Henri Rousseau, his paintings, and analogous colors. Henri Rousseau never visited the jungles he painted, instead he drew inspiration from house plants and the botanical garden. Analogous colors are a group of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Instead of black stripes, the zebra’s stripes are analogous colors.
Second and third grade learned about the solar system in science. In art, students created a solar system painting. They learned how to shade a sphere by using white and black chalk pastels. A toothbrush and paint helped create the stars. Then they created parallel circuits with lights, copper tape, and batteries and created shining stars in the background.
In art, they were introduced to symmetry on the butterfly’s wings to create paintings of butterflies.
They used clay to sculpt a butterfly and carried the concept of symmetry to the butterfly’s wings. They also learned vocabulary: slip (clay and water mixture), score, symmetry, kiln (oven for clay,) and fire (bake).