Tag Archives: visual communication

Arbor Day

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Fifth grade students recently participated in the City of Willard’s Arbor Day poster contest.

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The poster contest was sponsored by the Willard Tree Commission.

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Students were given the theme “Trees are good for life.”

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After learning about Arbor Day, students created three ideas and picked their best idea for their poster.

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Lettering was a large part of the students’ design for their posters.

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Everyone had a variety of materials to choose from to create their poster.

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I was very proud of the hard work most everyone put into their posters.

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This was a great project for the students to become aware of their community and environment and how they have a part in their local community.

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Students also learned about the process it takes to come up with an idea and turn it into a poster to educate their community.

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Here are some examples of their posters:

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2015 Fire Safety Poster Contest

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Third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade students participated in the National Fire Safety Poster Contest again this year.

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This is a great learning experience for the students as they explore graphic design, lettering and visual communications.

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It’s also a great opportunity for students to learn about fire safety and to design a poster that teaches others about safety.

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The contest is open to all of the students in the Willard area, and I focus the contest for the 3rd-6th grade students.

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Learning lettering and design is a large part of this project, and it’s great to see how students develop their skills each year they participate.

KeylaOlvera 1st-5

1st place winner in the 1st-3rd grade division was Keyla Olvera, a 3rd grader from Willard Elementary School.

Katelyn Green 2nd-6

2nd place winner in the 1st-3rd grade division was Katelyn Green, a 3rd grader from Willard Elementary School.

JovanAlfaro 3rd-7

3rd place winner in the 1st-3rd grade division was Jovan Alfaro, a 3rd grader from Willard Elementary School.

Kaylie Mcmillin HM-8

Honorable Mention in the 1st-3rd grade division was Kaylie McMillin, a 3rd grader from Willard Elementary School.

CarleeGreen HM-9

Honorable Mention in the 1st-3rd grade division was Carlee Green, a 3rd grader from Willard Elementary School.

Fernando Huerta 1st

1st place winner in the 4th, 5th & 6th grade division was Fernando Huerta, a 6th grader from Willard Middle School.

 

Brianna Lykins 2nd-1

2nd place winner in the 4th, 5th & 6th grade division was Brianna Lykins, a 5th grader from Willard Elementary School.

Ellen Fox 3rd-2

3rd place winner in the 4th, 5th & 6th grade division was Ellen Fox, a 6th grader from St. Francis Xavier School.

CarissaMetcalfe HM-4

Honorable Mention in the 4th, 5th & 6th grade division was Carissa Metcalfe, a 6th grader from St. Francis Xavier School.

Bryce Thomas HM-3

Honorable Mention in the 4th, 5th & 6th grade division was Bryce Thomas, a 6th grader from Willard Middle School.

Lettering

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One of our beginning projects each year is lettering.

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Lettering is a basic drawing skill that builds the skills of each student.

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Students explored block and bubble styles of lettering.

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Lettering is the act or process of inscribing with or making letters.  It is a basic way of learning to communicate visually and an important skill for students to develop.

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Students will use their skills in our upcoming fire safety poster contest this year.

 

Contour line drawing

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Third graders were introduced to contour line drawing recently.

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Students were introduced to the idea of drawing the whole shape of what they are seeing by drawing the outline of the shape.

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Students first traced the shape of the scissors and the glue bottles to see what it looked like to create a drawing through tracing.

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Next students focused on looking at the shape and drawing the outline of the simple objects they viewed.

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Students did a great job of learning to see what they were drawing instead of drawing what they think they see.

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The third graders completed many drawings of the scissors and glue.

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It was wonderful to observe their skills improve and their drawings mature.

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It was great to watch the students immerse themselves in the drawing process.

Fire Safety Poster Contest

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Third, fourth and fifth graders participated in the annual fire safety poster contest.

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Students explored lettering and basic graphic design using the fire safety theme.

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This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives! Test yours every month!”

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Students began with pencil as they planned out their poster.

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Next they added color with colored pencil.

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Finally students added finishing touches with marker by outlining their lettering and images.

3rdgradeGrantAdams1stplace

Winning Posters

1st place-Grant Adams -Central School

3rdgradeAllisonHershiser2ndplace

2nd place-Allison Hershiser-Central School

3rdgradeKadanceKirk3rdplace

3rd place-Kadance Kirk-Central School

3rdgradeMollyReidermanHM

Honorable Mention-Molly Reiderman-St. Francis Xavier School

3rdgradeKarinaRomeroHM

Honorable Mention-Karina Romero-Central School

CarissaMetcalfeposter1stplace4th & 5th grade Winners  1st place-Carissa Metcalfe-St. Francis Xavier School

Allison Beebeposter2ndplace

2nd place-Allison Beebee-Richmond School

BrooklynRohrbachposter3rdplace

3rd place-Brooklyn Rohrbach-Richmond School

VivianBarnettposterHM

Honorable Mention-Vivian Barnett-St. Francis Xavier School

CalebHuppposterHM

Honorable Mention-Caleb Hupp-Richmond School