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Exploring Our Artistic Side January 19, 2013

Filed under: Learning Stories — mrsmarshallkd @ 7:36 pm

Creative Development:                                                                                                                                                                                         1.2: express ideas and feeling creatively through artistic expression

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Listening to the artist

As a school, through the Town of Stratford, Glen Stewart is participating in an art project with the help of a local artist. She is going from room to room, grade level to grade level to introduce us all to the many aspects of the graphic arts. The theme of the art is called, “Reflect Respect” and each grade level will contribute something that will be both unique and unifying. The end result will be a large mural that will hang in the library of the school. The Grade 1’s have created a mural for the Grade 1 wing.

The Kindergarten classes are in the process of doing their part. But we aren’t just creating something for a mural, we are learning much more. We are learning to think beyond what we see and we are learning to express that thought on to paper. Eventually we will be doing sculpting and adding our piece to the mural. Here are some of our artistic results:

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At first we started with a blank piece of paper and some cut-outs that looked like animal footprints. We thought about what might have made those prints, where we might have found those prints, and what it would look like. Then we drew the creature on our paper and included their environment. Here is the end result:

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The next visit, we were given a piece of wire and asked to mold it into a shape. This was a bit more difficult for some of us, but eventually, we all could do it. Then we glued that shape onto paper and began to think, “What would make that shape? What would it look like?” Then we began to draw:

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And here are the final results:

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It is so interesting to see where the children’s imaginations take them. They truly are “thinking outside of the box”!

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