Artists play an important role in visually recording and responding to current events. Amy Stein is a contemporary photographer, exploring domestication and the relationship between humans and animals in the environment today. Fourth and fifth grade students are studying her pictures using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and creating their own collaged image of an animal in its habitat. Using images from National Geographic magazines and hand-drawn animals, students are showing the human footprint in the environment.
We are also demonstrating positive and negative space with the cut-outs of our animals.
Welcome back to school! Instead of "hitting the books" we begin the year making sketchbooks, using the accordion fold and simple stitch techniques. We are also growing visual literacy skills through storytelling in art. Looking at works by Faith Rinngold, students engage in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to think deeply and discuss as a group, how an artist effectively shares a message. Then, we fill the pages of our sketchbooks, using various materials to render the elements of art and draw stories from memory and imagination. The best part is sharing our work at the end of class, everyone eagerly displays their picture and tells their story!
Sketchbooks are a great place to practice art so I encourage students to utilize their new bookmaking techniques at home! Paper of any shape or size may be used to form a book; the sky is the limit, so be creative!
Look at Church Picnic Story Quilt by Faith Ringgold.
Read more about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
Hello from the studio at Jacob G. Smith Elementary School! My name is Jillian Luse and I work with emerging artists in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is our online gallery, a space to share what we learn and create.