Waterwheel Symposium with the 4th and 5th grade students presenting their projects about water

March 21, Cumberland Elementary, Sunnyvale, CA.
The student from a 4th and 5th grade combo class presented two projects about water during the WATERWHEEL World Water Day online symposium. Waterwheel is a platform where scientists, artists and youth from around the world share their studies, art work and thoughts about water.

4th and 5th grade Students presenting a series of waterscapes from around the Bay area.

The series is about waterscapes around the Bay Area: the Pacific coast and the San Francisco Bay.
See lesson about California Landscapes here:

Part I – Drawing.
Part II – Watercolor.

4th and 5th grade students presenting a series of posters made on their iPads with the app PosterMaker.

The series is about water conservation awareness in the midst of the severe drought California is going through right now.
See how to make posters with Poster Maker here.
Waterwheel platform here.

Water Conservation Awareness Posters

Making a poster about water conservation using an iPad app (PosterMaker), in the context of the drought California is going through and related to water in the curriculum, 4th and 5th grade.

material: iPads with the Poster Maker app., colored paper, markers, sharpies, colored pencils, scissors.

No is glue necessary: the elements can be moved around so different solutions can be worked and photographed.

How it works
Session 1 – 1 1/2 hour

1. Power point presentation showing different posters (taken from online images) about conservation of water. How does the message work? What are the principal elements? Text (message part one + message part two), image (photo, drawing).
The teacher asks how can we conserve water? The students answer and make a list. Then the teacher continues the presentation with a complete list, in which students can get new ideas.

2. The students work on the message of their poster. The message has to be clear and simple. What do you want people to do/not to do and why? If you only have a message about what to do or not do, the student is missing half of the message.

Session 2 and 3 – 2 x 1 hour


Elements worked on paper, photographed with the iPad
and integrated in the poster. 

During Session 2 and 3, the students work on their iPad.

1. Open the app.
2. the teacher do a brief tour of the app
– with presentation of the principal features.
3. The students explore the app
and the possibilities of how to express their message clearly. They work the text with the different options of size and types of fonts.
They compose images that they can photograph with their iPad and integrate in the poster. They search for images on internet that they upload on their photo album to use in their posters. They save different versions of the poster on their iPad.

4. Discussion
At the end of the 3rd session, each team of 2 or 3 students chose 2 versions of their poster and show them to the class through the projector and the wifi.
The class helps to make the final choice, by explaining why a version is better than another.

5. The posters can be printed to be displayed inside the class, uploaded on the school’s website, or sent to participate to a contest about water on the occasion of the World Water Day each year in March.

Guitars

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Exercise shown here with a class of 4th graders – adaptable to more grades.

The 4th graders were asked to make some decoration for the Walkathon at school. The PTA provided nice paper guitars (the theme of the Walkathon this year is “Walk the Rock’).

Time: two 45mn sessions

The first session was painting. I showed them some photos of guitars with the technical elements, if they wanted to use those elements in their painting. The second session was done outside of the class, in small groups. The weather was great, it was really nice. There were 3 stations: painting, drawing and gluing (glitter).

The result is very colorful and the kids want to keep their guitars when the Walkathon is done! They had a lot of fun with the paint, the pastels and the glitter.

Material
paper guitars (one per student), tempera paint, brushes (large and thin), Mod Podge glue, glitter (blue, gold, silver, green, multicolor), oil pastels (several colors including black).

The images for The Billboard Art Project in Salem, OR, made by a class of 3rd graders and a class of 5th graders, are done, scanned and sent!

Images made by the 3rd graders.

118 images in total! I am really proud of the students of both classes who worked hard on their images for the Billboard Art Project. I love the images: their diversity, colors, and compositions. It was not easy to make images on this long format and the students had to find interesting solutions with space. Mixing techniques stimulated their creativity: they tried things they never tried before, like making several images and then using different elements and recomposing a new image. They made excellent use of the combination of a background and a layer on top.

They explored abstract compositions and representational ones. They made good use of short words, working each letter as a graphic element.

During all the sessions, the students could use different types of colored papers, different glues (liquid and stick depending on the paper), watercolor pencils, sharpies, scissors.
And of course an unlimited supply of strips of white light cardboard in the proportion of the billboard (pre-cut by myself).

The Billboard Art Project in Salem, OR.
May 25-26-27, 2012
Images made by the 5th graders.

The Billboard Art Project: starting working on the images for the show in Salem, OR – this session with the 3rd Graders

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I am very excited to start working on the images for the Billboard Art Project show in Salem, OR with the children from 3rd and 5th grade. I participated in several exhibitions with the BAP in different cities in the US and it is a project I find amazing. The application process is simple and there is no fee. I thought it would be a great idea to have the kids participate and for them to see their images on billboards, which is not a classical way to show art!

We took some time to talk about what would be a good theme for an image which will be seen by drivers. But the children are free to do whatever they want. Specially for this first session. We may get more specific as we progress through the project.

This first session is a start. We’ll have more sessions.
The classroom was organized in three workshops: collage, doodling and watercolor drawing.

The children could go from table to table to try different techniques and make as many images/collages as they wanted. Nothing is discarded, we are keeping everything. Next time we can cut, combine several elements from different strips, re-arrange. The more material we have to work with, the better!

Many thanks to the teachers, who are very enthusiastic about art and about this project!

Material
Pre-cut stack of white cardstock paper strips (11″x3.25″), with the proportions of the billboards, which is very special – very long!
Collage workshop: tissue paper, strips of colored cardstock paper (for the geometric collages), acrylic medium for the glue, brushes.
Doodling workshop: sharpies (fine point)
Watercolor drawing workshop: a box of 36 watercolor pencils to share, nice brushes, water.

The Billboard Art Project.

A CD Face with the 4th Graders

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Here are the few photos I have about the work in progress with the 4th graders’ class. The duration of the session was slightly shorter than with the 2nd graders. Same material. In the photo above you can see that there was an interesting use of the colored tapes.

See: A CD Face with the 2th Graders for more info about the project.