In Art class, second grade debated the question, “Why are primary colors important?” They identified primary and secondary colors by playing interactive games on the Smart Board.
They also created clay color wheels! They mixed primary colors of clay to make secondary colors.
Second graders painted color wheel trees in honor of Tu B’Shevat. They learned how to draw trees. Tree branches look like the letter Y and face the sky. They used watercolors colors and tempera to create their art.
In Art, first graders analyzed Pablo Picasso’s paintings and sculptures of guitars. Picasso created a series of cardboard guitars. Students created their own guitars using recycled cardboard and they used copper tape as the guitar strings. Copper tape is a conductive material and can be attached to the Makey Makey to create an electric guitar.
In Judaic Studies, fourth grade learned about what makes a Chanukiah kosher. A kosher chanukiah has to have candles that are in a single row and the same height, except for the shamash. We also learned about the story of Chanukah from the perspective of Judah Maccabee.
In science, students learned about series and parallel circuits.
Students learned how to use Tinkercad, a program used to design 3D-printed chanukiyot. Next they used LED lights and batteries to create simple circuits to light up the chanukiya (Menorah) on the first day of Chanukah.
The art room is a great place to reinforce concepts taught in general studies. In this project, second grade combined art history, adjectives, and technology to create paintings of sunflowers inspired by artist Vincent Van Gogh. Second grade used adjectives to critique and describe Starry Night. Artistic, creative, blue, astonishing, colorful, swirly and starry were some of the adjectives students used.
LITERACY IN THE ART ROOM: Students participated with an interactive book, on the Smart Board called Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt. The book is about about Vincent Van Gogh and his paintings of sunflowers.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE ART ROOM: Second grade explored Starry Night using Google Arts & Culture. Google Arts & Culture allows you to zoom into paintings. They use a super high resolution that allows the viewer to see brushstrokes. They looked at this picture and tried to guess what painting it was.
The next photo showed a little more of the painting.
The next picture showed the entire painting.
Second graders explored Vincent Van Gogh’s portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, and still life paintings. Students created paintings of sunflowers while learning about composition, and the following principles of design; rhythm and repetition. Second grade also observed a a still life of flowers and drew them using oil pastels.
The Starry Night. Vincent van Gogh 1889
Radial Symmetry Origami: Students learned three origami folds and difference between linear and radial symmetry. They applied this knowledge to create a paper relief sculpture.
Radial Symmetry Print: Students learned about radial symmetry in mandalas. They created stamps that created symmetrical prints.
In the Judaic studies students use the Parashat HaShavua curriculum (TaL AM). Each Parasha features a symbol presented as a riddle; through the study of the Parasha the students discovered the link between the symbol (which is the central message of the portion) and the Parasha. At the end of each Parasha lesson students illustrate a coloring page with the Parasha symbol. At the end of each Chumash unit, the coloring pages become a booklet.
In art, students are also created a 3D printout of the Parasha symbol/shape. All of the shapes are placed on a ring and the students have a visual representation of the central messages from each Torah Portion.
First graders looked for clues about Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Khalo in their self-portraits. Vincent Van Gogh never smiled in his self-portraits.
Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat. Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise).
Autorretrato con Bonito – Frida Kahlo. 1941Frida Khalo was known for painting self-portraits with animals and curtains of leaves as the background. First graders created self-portraits in the style of Frida Khalo.