Monday, October 27, 2008

4th Grade

Mexican Clay Sun Faces

Chinese Brush Painting: Pandas

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Symmetrical African Masks:

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Aboriginal Art:

We were inspired by the indigenous peoples of Australia called the Aborigines. They are well known for their paintings on bark. Their culture has been creating them for thousands of years. Many of their paintings tell as religious story about nature and are called Dreamings.

They often make objects or animals appear like an x-ray or see-through in their art. Tey also include lots of dots in their artwork instead of solid color. Some of their paintings are completely made up of dots!

To make this project we glued a small piece of white paper to a large piece of brown construction paper. Then we drew a picture in the Aboriginal style on the white paper and outlined it in crayon. We painted over the crayon with black or brown watercolors. Finally we painted dots around the border with dowels.

Egyptian Portraits:

We learned that the Egyptians had a special way to draw or paint people. They used the profile of the person's face, but used a front view of the shoulders and eye. They felt by combining different views in their art they could include the most important information about the person. We used our classmates as visual references when creating our portraits. We used darker skin colors for the men and lighter colors for the women, just like the Egyptians did. We added some adornments such as headdresses and jewelry and eye make-up. The Egyptians loved to decorate themselves with these things. It seems like they treated their bodies as works of art.

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We created tessellations using special stencils. Tessellations are repeating shapes that cover a surface with no gaps or overlaps.


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