Fifth Grade Zebras

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.

Light-Up Planets

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.

Fourth Grade- Masks

Students learned about masks from Africa. African masks are used in ceremonies, weddings, and funerals.  They can be made with raffia, wood, hair, straw, and feathers. The masks usually have a spiritual connection. Fourth graders used recycled water bottles to create 3-dimensional masks.

First Grade Butterflies

First grade learned about butterflies in science and general studies. They watched caterpillars turn into butterflies!

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).

Matryoshka

kindergarten students used Google Maps to explore Russia. The highlight of our virtual tour was seeing St. Basil’s Cathedral. They learned the history of Matryoshka nesting dolls and created their own.