Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ndebele Homes

In parts of southern Africa women decorate the outside walls of their houses with vivid and bold designs. Many have use geometric designs to resemble various styles of architecture. These are our interpretations created using geometric shapes in symmetrical placement. FIrst we folded the paper and cut the roof line. Second, we used rulers and geometric shapes to create the symmetrical designs on the house. Once all shapes were designed in pencil the students painted in the shapes. The next class period students outlined with a sharpie chisel marker to get the wide designs. While students were outlining an adding more designs other students were painting the background murals to represent the landscape of Africa.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Symmetrical African Masks

Students in the 3rd grade looked at various African Masks for their inspiration. First, we took painted paper traced, then cut a circle. Next, we took animal print paper and created symmetrical shapes to represent facial features such a eyes, nose, cheeks, and added various decorations. With paint and metallic markers students added smaller designs to their masks. The next step was to create a background border that contained a pattern of geometric shapes. Student created some really exciting patterns while reinforcing the math concept taught in the 3rd grade.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2nd grade African Safari- Elephants

2nd grade African Safari

FInally, after all the illness have left our house, I am back in business and back to school!

The students examined the continent of Africa. We looked at the 3 different habitats: Desert, Grassland (savanna), Rainforest. We are focusing mostly on the grasslands and the animals found in the savanna. Of course, 2nd graders love anything to do with animals. They were eager to get started! All of the projects the students created started with them painting their own paper using tempera paints and texture supplies. Every class was to create a pattern or texture of their animal. After the paper dried the students were given a large tracer of the outline of the animal. First, they traced the shape, cut out the animal, then added details: eyes, mouth, ears, tails etc., anything the animal would need to be complete. I love how you see the personalities of the children in their projects! The backgrounds were painted by the 3rd, 4th, 5th graders. Students love painting the background for other students, they don't care if it is not for them- they just love to paint!