5th graders participated in a contest for the 2022 Burns Park Run T-shirt design. Students worked individually or in groups to create an aesthetically pleasing design for the shirts. After the designs were made the three 5th grade classes chose the top 3 designs in their class to move on to be selected by the BP Run coordinators. The coordinators then chose the top 3 from the top 12 designs and those 3 designs are given to a graphic designer to use as inspiration for the t-shirt designs.
Students had a discussion whether they thought graffiti is a form of art and when it is appropriate to create graffiti. We looked at famous graffiti artists likes Jean-Michel Basquiat. Students then chose a word that inspires them or that they like and they created their word in a graffiti style. The 5th graders blew me away with their creativity and variety of ideas! Check them out below!
Clay Paint Palette
5th graders designed their own paint palette out of clay. First they created a stencil out of paper and then they carved out the outline and wells from a slab of clay. We will be using these paint palettes in class for an upcoming watercolor assignment!
Jen Aranyi inspired Landscapes
5th graders designed their own landscapes inspired by Illustrator Jen Aranyi. Students' used line to create value and depth in their landscapes as well as used an analogous color scheme to paint the sky.
The Color of Us
5th graders learned about photographer Angelica Dass who created the Humanae project. For this project she took pictures of people around the world and changed the background of the portraits to their skin color. Dass wanted to celebrate and highlight our diversity in skin tones. We also read the book "The Color of Us" by Karen Katz as inspiration for our own portraits and what to title our skin color. 5th graders first mixed their skin color with tempera paint and then drew a contour self portrait over top of their color then giving their skin color a unique name. Check out their beautiful work below!