Monthly Archives: January 2012

D is for Dancing Dragon

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The first graders at IAA have been learning about the seven continents of the world, and have recently been learning about the continent and culture of Asia- with a focus on China. The children will explore and engage in the art forms of this culture, particularly, the meaning of the dragon in Chinese folklore.  2012 just happens to be the year of the dragon. In honor of this the children are building 3-dimensional dragons that will dance down the halls of IAA in celebration of the Chinese New year.

In Asian culture the dragon is a powerful mythological symbol bringing luck wherever it roams. It’s somewhat like the superhero of Asia. In China, students who work creatively, work passionately, work hard, and are persistent are compared to the dragon. IAA first graders certainly are mighty fine dragons.

“It is one thing to read about dragons, but another to meet them.” Ursula Le Guin
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Write and Print – 2nd Grade Works With Details

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The 2nd graders have been working on personal narratives – stories from their lives. They have also been exploring details and how to add them in writing and visual art. Throughout this integrated art and literacy unit, students have explored a variety of printmaking techniques that culminated in a collagraph that illustrates their personal narrative. Both the writing and the artwork needed to show a beginning, middle, and end, with the bulk of the details in the middle section. Students also explored how color use can enhance and show emotion. Students also made connections between how an illustration can foster greater written detail and vice-versa. The students did the final print at the Burlington City Arts Printmaking Studio with artist George Gonzales.

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Vermont Standards -Visual Arts Skill Development
APK-K:10 Students show skill development when CREATING art by
• using line to create shape and image,
• handling art tools and materials (e.g. paint brushes)
• using elements of 2D design (e.g., create using color)
Vocabulary: artist, line, color, rhythm, repeated, texture, overlapping, abstract, painting
Common Core – Kindergarten- Counting and Cardinality
Know number names and the count sequence
• K.CC. 3 Write numbers from 0 to 20.

Jasper Johns – Kindergarten Works with Symbols

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The kindergarten classes at IAA have been exploring the work of American Artist Jasper Johns, whose mixed media paintings greatly influenced American art. Johns often worked with images you might see around the classroom, such as letters, numbers, and the American flag. His paintings encourage us to look again at these familiar symbols, as if with new eyes. As a way to reinforce numeracy and to practice number formation students created number paintings in the style of Jasper Johns. Each student chose one number to paint repeatedly and used the entire surface of the paper. In some instances the brush strokes and the paint color camouflages the numbers making it even more fun to look at and find the numbers. Can you spy the number in each painting?

Vermont Standards -Visual Arts Skill Development
APK-K:10 Students show skill development when CREATING art by
• using line to create shape and image,
• handling art tools and materials (e.g. paint brushes)
• using elements of 2D design (e.g., create using color)
Vocabulary: artist, line, color, rhythm, repeated, texture, overlapping, abstract, painting
Common Core – Kindergarten- Counting and Cardinality
Know number names and the count sequence
• K.CC. 3 Write numbers from 0 to 20.

“I like to create an image that when looked at becomes something else.”
-Jasper Johns