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Monday, August 25, 2014

5th - Altered Books

The 5th grade did these amazing altered books. They had to cut, glue, paint, and generally transform a book into a sculpture using only the book itself and some wire, glue, and paint. Transformation of this nature requires an imagination to see the possibilities inherent in the very familiar object of a book. Take a close look at these very imaginative projects.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

5 - Monsters Invade Iconic Buildings

Oh no! It has happened again. First, it was the second graders discovering historical photos of Charlottesville being invaded by monsters. Now those monsters have taken over several iconic buildings throughout the world. The 5th graders discovered these when they were researching using ink on photographs. The world will never be the same.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2 - Collage Paintings

The second graders made these amazing collage paintings by first painting, filling the whole board (we used cardboard). Then they added collage elements like paper and fabric. Then they painted again partially covering what they had done before. There was a wonderful back and forth as they continued to layer new layers on top of old. The pieces became more and more rich with history.

Monday, July 28, 2014

2 - Architectural Drawings

Check out these rocking architectural drawings that the second grade made. They chose one of four photos (the Taj Mahal, The Chrysler Building, Monticello, and Saint Basil's Cathedral (Moscow)). We discussed how to see the smaller shapes within the big shape. This was a great exercise, and the kids did really well.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2 - Monsters Invade Historical Charlottesville

Oh no! Monsters somehow invaded Charlottesville in the past. Oh, you don't believe me? Well, here are the images to prove it. No, I don't know where they came from, or how they somehow traveled in time and yet still show up in these archival images. Stop asking such silly questions. The second graders discovered these groundbreaking images when they were researching using ink on old photos to alter the intent of the original artwork. Yeah, I know. It is unbelievable, but the proof is before your very eyeballs.

Monday, July 14, 2014

K - Layered Collage

The Kindergarteners used paint and a variety of materials for collaging. They started with painting. The second day they added collage elements. We were thinking about texture and layers. They turned out as rich and beautiful collages.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

2 - Masks - Paper mache

I know you have been waiting to see the amazing second grade masks. Here they are are and they are amazing. They started with an animal and drew a design of what they wanted their mask to look like. They used basket-making reeds to create an armature for their mask. I was very proud of their willingness to dive into challenging waters with the armature. They then put on a layer of paper mache. The concluded by painting their masks.

Friday, July 11, 2014

1B - Lulu's Adventure

This is an original story by the students of 1B. They collaboratively wrote the words and each page's illustration is done by a different student. They worked hard to achieve a strong visual continuity from page to page despite differing drawing styles. To read the story, click "more," and then click on the first page. The image will appear larger and you can click through each page with the arrows on the right and left.

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