Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Paper Mache People

Works in Progress:
Sixth Grade Figure Sculptures Coming Alive! 
















Totem Poles !

Third graders learned about totem poles carved by Native Americans of the Northwest Coast. We really looked at the shapes, patterns, and colors the woodcarvers used. Here's a terrific site to explore with your child! 

Each class became a "tribe"- Tribe 3A and Tribe 3B.  
Within each tribe, students formed three clan groups.
Each child acted as one family in the clan, and selected an animal spirit to represent them. In Native American culture, an animal can symbolize a quality or way of life.  All clan members reviewed paper sculpture skills and began the creative process of designing their animal.

Our raised totem poles:
Fire Clan, African Animals Clan, Northwest Clan
Clan Impossible, Adventure Clan, Clan of the Thunderbird
Discovered foreshortening and perspective all on his own! 
Here's a photo of his mask from the front.
And here's the side view!
















Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guess the Hero Portrait!

On display in the SJS Lobby: American Hero Portraits

As the 7th and 8th Grade Hero Fair approaches, students' powerful artwork transforms the school entrance!  Look here at an earlier post explaining the project.

Play  "Identify the Hero"!  Answers at the bottom.
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1. Alex Scott  2.Albert Einstein  3.Dr. Jonas Salk  4.Thomas Jefferson 
5.Saint John Neumann  6.Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis  7.Christa McAuliffe  
8.Pat Tillman  9.Betsy Ross  10.Walt Disney  11.Abraham Lincoln  
12.Clara Harlowe Barton  13.Harriet Tubman  14.John D. Rockefeller   
15. Thomas Edison 16.George Washington  17.Debra Sampson  18.Ronald Regan   19.Welles Crowther   20.Juliette Gordan Low  21.Martin Luther King  22. John F. Kennedy  23.Jackie Robinson   24.Rosa Parks   25. Charles Schultz