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Monday, November 7, 2011

Fourth Grade Getting Right to the Fragrant Point!

In fourth grade they have been learning about a variety of techniques. For our Back-to-school night project they created a "Fragrant Forest". These were made by applying gold and black paint to a cardboard sheet using only their finger tips. Then they were able to create these wonderful forests using only sticks and a VARIETY of donated kitchen spices, beans and rice! 
The hallway display smells like Thanksgiving is already upon us ;)

Here are some pix...enjoy (sorry not scratch 'n sniff):

We then began studying pointillism, which is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots are applied in patterns to form/fill in an image. Artist Georges Seurat developed the technique in 1886. To help us with this idea, we first made simple designs using black paper and white colored pencils. We then took a small push pin and foam tray to begin "poking" our holes. We first traced the outline of the design and then filled in certain points with dots as well. They will be displayed on a window for the best effect. I tried to show the way it looks with the camera, but it's just not as cool in real life. 
They turn out looking like constellations in a night sky.  

We continued with the pointillism theme by creating an "eye". Later in the year we will study self portraits, so this project helps us to get a jump start on the concept of the human eye. The project was filled in entirely out of small dots. Although the eye had to be "realistic" in shape, the choice of colors and background was entirely up to the students.

Below are some samples:

Picasso is coming soon...

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