Fifth grade students have been exploring creating a collage out of their photographs.
Fifth graders had many options to choose from as they worked to create a collage from many layers of one image.
Photographs were printed in several solid colors and students cut them up and put the pictures together to create one new image.
Some students added color to their images to add another dimension to their project.
This was a great project to stimulate the students’ creativity and to open their horizons to new ways of thinking about images.
Fifth grade students had the opportunity to venture outdoors to explore digital photography in winter.
Students worked in teams of two as they explored the winter environment through photography.
The fifth graders are learning how to use the various functions on the cameras to add many special effects to their images.
Learning to look at the environment, use the available light and compose a pleasing image are a few of the concepts students have been learning in this unit of study.
Here are a few examples of the students’ photography around Richmond School this winter.
Students explored color and black and white photography.
Students have been exploring creating snowflakes through paper cutting.
First graders learned how to create a four-pointed snowflake.
Fourth and fifth grade students learned how to create a six-pointed snowflake.
Everyone enjoyed the process of folding and cutting the paper into unique symmetrical shapes.
Most people make snowflakes with four or eight points. Real snowflakes in nature form with six points (or occasionally three if they formed weird).
Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami.
Kirigami are usually symmetrical, such as snowflakes, pentagrams, or orchid blossoms.
This project is always a favorite for students to learn and master basic folding techniques.
Here are some examples of students’ snowflakes.
Fifth graders have been exploring digital photography.
Students have been learning how to compose a photograph.
They’ve learned how to take a portrait both indoors and outdoors.
Everyone have been learning how to use the many features of a digital camera.
The fifth graders are enjoying working in pairs as they learn this new technology in art.
Students are exploring the many uses of this new medium in art.
Students have been given a wide variety of photographic assignments as they work to capture many different types of images digitally.
Fifth grade students have been exploring digital photography this fall at Richmond School.
The elementary art department purchased 18 digital cameras to introduce and teach students how to use this new art medium.
Students have been learning how to use the camera and all of its many features.
Students have been working with a partner as they have been investigating this digital tool.
Students have been learning the history of photography and the development of digital photography.
Students have been photographing indoors and out.
Everyone has enjoyed learning to photograph their friends. Digital photography has been a great addition to the art curriculum. Look for future posts on the students’ progress.
Fourth and fifth grade students began the final step of their re-creation of the old Willard clock tower on the former city hall building.
Students are exploring pointillism in this last step of the painting process as they add dots of varying color to their images.
Pointillism is the practice of applying small strokes or dots of contrasting color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. The term was first used to describe the paintings of Georges Seurat.
The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.
The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones. It is a technique with few serious practitioners today.
The students are about halfway through this step, and they are quickly moving to complete their paintings.
It’s interesting to watch their progress on their paintings.
Students are beginning to see what pointillism is about as they experience it firsthand, seeing the colors mix and blend together.
This has been an interesting process that has pushed and stretched the students skills, knowledge and abilities.
The students are excited to see the completion of their paintings and be able to display them around the community to help build awareness and raise support to build the new clock tower in Willard.
Fourth and fifth grade students at Richmond School are learning about the history of their hometown of Willard, Ohio, formerly known as Chicago Junction, Ohio.
Students are recreating the old clock tower that used to reside on top of the old city hall of Willard that was torn down last year.
Students have been viewing old photographs of the clock tower, as well as images of the proposed new clock tower to be built, for their drawings.
Students recreated their version of the clock tower to bring awareness of the rebuilding project to the Willard community.
Students are refining their current drawing skills as they are working on this community art project.
Students are working in groups as they learn to cooperate with each other while following directions from Mr. Casto.
The work of the students is progressing and moving forward on the first step of this project.
The next step will be to refine their images and ink them in with permanent marker.
The students have worked hard on the first step of this project.