Maddox is one of our favorite fifth graders around here, and he’s pretty excited about the winter drawing he made on the iPad today. Complete with a Christmas tree and two cannons – one firing out snow and the other launching his puppy Goodgirl – wearing a cape, no less! I’m pretty excited too, because Maddox sometimes struggles with the dexterity it takes to create artwork, but using the drawing app allowed him to use his fingers to draw, and to “undo” his mistakes until he had what he wanted. Thanks for sharing, Maddox!
One of the things I really try for in my artroom is to encourage the kids to think about personal meaning and concept with regard to their work. This fifth grader does a really nice job describing how she explored the idea of winter in her cardboard loom weaving. Not only is the weaving beautifully done, but she tells how she used yarn to represent ice, snow and cold winter nights.
Beautiful and meaningful Ojos de Dios by second graders. We study the history of this traditional folk craft and each student chooses a person (or sometimes animal) to make the God's Eye in honor of. Color and texture of yarn is chosen with the particular person in mind, adding a lovely layer of abstraction and meaning to a craft already rich in history and symbolism. I love the organic nature lended by the natural sticks – each one is so individual!