Fifth Grade Gallery
Modigliani Self Portraits
Students looked at several painting by Amedeo Modigliani. They noticed how he created his painted with oval shaped heads, elongated necks exaggerated features. Students folded their papers into 8 squares to help them with the proportions. They gazed into mirrors and drew themselves in the same style as Modigiani using oil pastels.
Our district's theme this year was "Building Bridges". I took the theme literally and thought this was a perfect opportunity to learn and look at bridges as forms of art. They learned about bridges through the years, their construction and artist Joseph Stella, who is famous for his painting "The Brooklyn Bridge". Students drew a silhouette of their bridge and traced over it with sharpie. Then they used short brushstokes to paint the water with cool colors and used warm colors for the sky. They turned out fabulous.
What do you do when you have a winter where it snows every other day? Let it inspire you! We incorporated learning about perspective with the snow that was falling outside. The result, wonderful, adorable and creative snow people. There's even a snow batman!
At fifth grade we take it up a notch so we couldn't do just plain 'ol weaving. We transformed plain white paper plates to a green field with flowers and sheep. Then we turned the plates into a loom where the students created gorgeous colorful trees.