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4th Grade: Chinese New Year Dragons

9 Apr

In Mrs. Johnson’s Art Room, we’ve been celebrating Chinese New Year! This year, Chinese New Year fell on February 3rd – we discussed that many people celebrate Chinese New Year here in the United States (The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore had a Chinese New Year celebration, as did Chinatown in Washington, D.C.).

After discovering the symbolism behind Chinese dragons, and the legend that they ward off evil spirits, we got to work drawing our own dragons to ring in the new year. We looked at photos of Chinese dragons and New Year’s parades for inspiration in creating our artwork.

Here are some of our drawings:

Then, we added some color! We even used metallic colored pencils and gold paint markers for finishing touches!

Lastly, we added a body and used an accordion fold so our dragons could MOVE! Our Chinese dragons are ready for a parade!

Don’t forget to click on any image to make it larger!


4th Grade: Zoom! Eyescapes

25 Jan

In Mr. Langevin and Mrs. Johnson’s Art Rooms, 4th Graders took a zooooomed in look at their eye! As a class, we viewed the photographs of British artist Rankin. These “eyescapes” as he called them are actual photographs of the artist’s friends and family!

We also studied and identified parts of the eye, including the pupil, iris, sclera, and eyelid:

After taking a peek at the viewing station in class, students used mirrors and oil pastel to create detailed drawings of their own eye!

Eight Ilchester artists were chosen to showcase their eyescapes at Zoom!, a Howard County art show on display at the Department of Education Gallery from January 19 – March 31, 2010.

Can you recognize any of these artists just by looking at their EYE?