Classroom collaboration projects

All the grade 4 classroom collaboration projects are now in the homeroom classrooms. I have been very impressed with how the students generated ideas and how they worked as part of a team to create a shared goal. The work looks amazing and where possible the kids had a role in the installation of the work in the rooms. I hope you will take the opportunity to have a look at the work when you are visiting the class for the parent teacher conferences.

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JO’s cartoon creations

Miss JO’s class decided to start the year off with some cartoons. They spent some time practicing drawing cartoon characters with an emphasis on how the eyes show how the character is feeling. The children wanted to create different characters but to show that they represented each of them. They worked hard and gave each other help and support along the way to complete the job. Miss JO even got her won cartoon creation! They look great in the homeroom classroom so I hope you will have a chance to take a look at them.

 

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Costa’s serpent

Ms Costa’s class have worked hard to find an idea that they can all work on, be able to express themselves as individuals whilst maintaining unity in the finished work. By creating a many sectioned serpent they each were able to take a part to work on individually. After a lot of engaging discussion they decided to use color as the unifying theme. They each chose a colour and proceeded to decorate their section using various items in that one colour. They have worked so well collaboratively, coming to group decisions so when it came to deciding who would make the head it was obvious – “we will make it toegther!”

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McElhinney City

4 McElhinney wanted to create their very own cityscape and each person has ideas about the building that should go in it. They have become very thoughtful town planners and have to solve problems of space and scale. So far we have a swimming pool, a zoo, a football stadium, and an  ice cream vendor and a shopping mall, what else does McElhinney city need? A Creche!

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Walshe’s Comic Class

Ms Walshe’s class decided to create their own comic characters to express themselves for this project. The first step was to learn how to draw comic strip characters. The art department’s Mr Gari was a handy expert to help us with some tips and the students found his advice very useful. The most important thing to remember is that comic characters need to have expressive eyes. The kids practiced drawing different expressions focusing on the eyes and then took a careful look at themselves to see how they could create a comic version of themselves – quite tricky, we all benefited from the practice.

 

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These websites are great if you want to learn how to draw all your favorite comic and cartoon characters;

http://www.dragoart.com/cartoon-characters-c291-1.htm

http://www.how-to-draw-cartoons-online.com/how-to-draw-cartoon-characters.html

Planet Cooney

In 4 Cooney they have decided to create their own personal solar system. Each planet will represent a person in the class and even Ms Cooney will get to have her very own planet. The kids really enjoyed thinking about how they could express who they were on a sphere!

 

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A great way to start in art

In  grade 4 students have to be much more self directed and so at the start of the year we decided that they had to design and create their own piece of art. Sounds simple enough but this piece of artwork must be one which all members of the class can contribute to and it must be able to express something about the people in the group. This piece of work will be displayed in or around their home room classroom and so they must also consider the space given to them by their class teacher. The students have been asked to think of how they can use the school dispositions to help them to work as a team to successfully complete this project. Each class has a very different approach.