For the past two years here at ISB, the Elementary Visual Arts program has collaborated across grade levels on one large installation project at the start of the school year. It helps to build community and start every ES student on a focused start in their new grade level. Two years ago our installation theme was 'Water' and used a lot of Artist in Residence, Ann Weber's cardboard sculpture techniques. Last year, the theme was 'Sketchbook School' drawing inspiration from Artist in Residence, Danny Gregory. This year our theme is 'Artify!', start with something ordinary and transform it into an artwork. With each changing theme the basis of our installation is also an introduction/review of the Elements of Art. Students begin the year learning of the seven elements: Line, Shape, Colour, Value, Space, Form & Texture. This year, fifth graders created a collaborative visual to demonstrate their knowledge and help other UES artists learn through student-created visuals.
UES students will tackle our Artify! theme through weaving, yarn bombing and mural painting. Stay tuned to our twitter @jessejarmanart for all the latest updates. Grade 5 is collaboratively brainstorming via padlet, which you can see here: http://padlet.com/art_jbradley/grade5artify
Jesse (Bradley) Jarman is an Art teacher, Artist, outdoor, travel & exercise enthusiast from Portland, Oregon USA now based in Beijing, China.