In art class, we are having fun and changing it up on Fridays- exploring art from different continents and cultures!
Each class creates artwork that is reflective of a region of their grade’s assigned continent.
Kindergartners are studying the continent North America. They are creating molas from Mexico. People of Mexico often create molas inspired from their Kuna roots and inspired from nature. Our molas (meaning cloth) are made using burlap, felt and creating a few embroidery stitches around the border.
First graders are also creating art using cloth materials inspired from the Peruvians. We are creating an “arpillera” of a cosecha (meaning harvest). Arpillera art is a story cloth from Peru showing everyday life such as weddings, religious celebrations and even the farmer’s market! Student are cutting and gluing felt onto burlap to create their personal arpillera.
We are not just using fabric materials on Fridays! Second graders are reading folktales from Africa and drawing art reflective of the stories. Third graders are studying the art of Japan for their continent Asia. They are creating origami paper cranes, watercolor scenes, fish prints (Gyotaku) and calligraphy. Fourth graders studying Oceania are painting their personal aboriginal art of Australia. They are learning some of the symbolism associated with these types of “dream” paintings.
Lastly, our fifth graders are learning about European art from cave paintings discovered in caves in France to the art of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel in Italy. In our Michelangelo lesson, fifth graders sat underneath the art tables and tried drawing pictures like how Michelangelo painted his frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. They found it to be harder than they imagined and they certainly didn’t endure it as long as Michelangelo did!