After recycling thousands of colorful pouch caps, an idea HIT me! I reached out to my friends and family, all of whom have young children, and asked for them to save their pouch caps. I wasn’t sure what would happen with them, but I knew I would come up with something. When we began discussing symmetry in grade 5, I realized that working hands on would be a much more effective way of using linear symmetry than the traditional method of finding the other half of a picture. THE CAPS!! Working in groups, students used the pouch caps along with a line of symmetry to create linear symmetric designs. The activity promoted cooperation as well as an understanding of the concept. This was the perfect starting point for a unit which then led in to rotational symmetry and finally our culminating activity of mask making. **Kindergarten and grade one used the caps for pattern making! Such a fun and FREE manipulative!!! Please keep your caps and send them in with your student!!!
Students in grade 1, 2, 4 and 5 are beginning to explore the color wheel. How was the color wheel invented? How does it help us? How do we make it? Grade 5 has a unique opportunity to go beyond primary and secondary colors. In grades 5-8, students in art explore many different aspects of color theory, including tertiary (intermediate colors). These colors are created by mixing one primary with an adjacent (meaning ‘next to’) secondary. For instance, on a basic color wheel you will find red (primary) next to orange (secondary made from red and yellow). When we mix these two, we get….. red-orange!! We approached the color wheel as another familiar circular shape we have been seeing a lot lately and the results are astonishing! I am so proud of the effort put forth by all 5th graders during this project!
Students at McGlynn Elementary are experimenting with various forms of printmaking in the classroom. It is messy, time consuming, and loads of fun! Here is a small sampling of collaborative work from Mrs. Notaro’s class. Students worked together to create their first monoprint! I look forward to seeing more work as we take off on this printmaking journey!
The 5th graders at the Roberts have worked incredibly hard this fall to create three projects: Layered Leaves, Owls, and Monochromatic Cities. Our focus has been on drawing, lines, shapes, patterns, mixing colors to create new colors, and learning to use variations of the same color. We have used a variety of materials ranging from markers and oil pastels, to watercolor paints, crayons, and black pens. Check it out!
Fifth grade students worked very hard on re-creating the magic of George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog. Students could create their dog in the likeness of any canine imaginable. Students chose colors based on their location on the color wheel and contrast level. While some students opted for a cool muted painting, others went full speed ahead with high contrast complementary colors! I was blown away by the results and look forward to displaying all of these friendly creatures for upcoming McGlynn events!
Selection from Mrs. Notaro’s Grade 5
Each year we reintroduce ourselves to the color wheel. Over the years student relationships have grown stronger with color and progress has been made. Students in Mrs. Brearley’s class created a color wheel featuring hue, tint and shade. Mixing colors precisely was no easy task, but these students handles it wonderfully. Enjoy!