Suddenly, I hear my sister exclaim, “Look. They’re here!” High above us are the SkySpirits, dressed in my favourite green and Nimise’s blue. We watch them sway and flicker in the four directions. Streamers of pink and purple swirl and flow across the sky. Twisting and turning, the SkySpirits join together. Around and around they spin. Faster and faster. Their shimmering parkas and scarves lift with the wind as they dance in the northern sky.
They wave down to us. And we wave back. Over and over.
~ Sky Sister ~ Written by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
Over the past few weeks we have been looking at the Canadian Northern Lights. Their colour and sequence. We have been wondering about how they happen. When they happen. And ofcourse why they happen. We were inspired by the Sky Sisters book to create our own Northern Light Art work. They turned out so well, we are going to do something very special with them.
We also had a guest speaker come, Alex, from Yellowknife to speak about what it is like to live there and he spoke a lot about the Northern Lights. Alex can climb up a hill or even his roof to see the Northern Lights almost every single night in the winter.
Come enjoy our beautiful Art. They are posted outside of our classroom on our bulletin board.
Today we celebrated #InternationalDotDay . Peter H. Reynolds is the author of The Dot. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.
Today we were inspired! We read the book The Dot together and then we talked about what happened at the beginning, what was the turning point for Vashti, and what were the lessons that we can take away from the book.
We then took a page from The Dot where Vashti made dot art with negative space. Students were inspired to make positive and negative space dots. I also challenged them to try to create their art using only 100 dots. They turned out so well! Our bulletin board will be up until Meet The Teacher for you to check out in person! 🙂
We then looked at other dot art to inspire us. We looked at Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte. We estimated he used over 1 000 000 000 dots for his art!
We also went outside and found dots in nature. SO MANY DOTS IN NATURE!!!
I was very impressed to see that lots of the siblings (and parents) got into the Dotty spirit too!
We are all on a creative journey. I challenge you to Make Your Mark.
Today we had our wonderful Art support teacher Ms. Cathy Woods in to help teach us some art techniques. We looked at our shoes (our lovely NEW shoes!).
First we did a Blind Contour sketch. This required students to look at their shoe and draw it WITHOUT looking at their paper. It was so hard! But they did it! And none most of them did not even look like shoes! 🙂
Next students did a Look Draw. The students studied their shoe and very quietly noticed important details about their shoe. It was amazing, for about 10 minutes if you walked by Room 129 there was silence – no one was talking at all. Everyone was so focused on their own look draw.
Ms. Woods is so great at teaching these techniques and she is so responsive in the classroom to the students. It really is nice working with her and having her use her great knowledge of art to help teach these skills to all of us.
I live tweeted “The Art Lesson” ! First live tweets of the year! Sometimes I do that :).
Artists at work and at play. Have your child teach you about Blind Contour and Look Draws and practice at home as a family. First full week and we are learning so much!