In our current unit the essential questions the grade 4 are exploring are:
What is the process that artists go through to create art?
How do artists use the elements of art to create meaning?
When considering the first question the students made agreements about what they thought a creative process would be. One that they thought they could all use, even if they each followed the process in a different order.
The second question has been harder to answer and the students have been looking at a variety of masks from around the world in order to investigate how the artist who made the masks used the elements of art to make it clear what the purpose of the mask is.
The challenge now is to see if they can use the creative process to make their own mask which will use the elements meaningfully to demonstrate a clear purpose.