Sharing the Planet

In the final unit, learners explored the use of sculpture in art and 3-dimensional building.  After some paper model designs, learners then created their structure in clay.

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How the World Works

In this unit learners explored change in art.  We looked at metamorphosis in art from MC Escher.  Then we designed our own metamorphoses.

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How We Organize Ourselves

In the fourth unit this school year, learners were to experiment with color mixing with tempera paint.  They were to record and document their work to create a palette of colors, including tints and shades; using primary colors, white and black.  Learners then had to decide on a landscape from a photograph that they would paint with that palette of colors, all while organizing their time and work area to complete the painting.

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Place and Time

Ideas and actions can cause a shift in thinking and change the course of history.

In art we looked at printmaking and the use of the printing press to make art and type accessible to all people.

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Cultural Art

In the second unit, 4/5 looked at three different cultures from around the world.  They had to decide on similarities in the works that tie them together through color, style, line or technique and then interpret those familiarities into a piece to reflect the culture at which we looked.

4/5 Red: South America, Repujado (tin paintings)

4/5 Blue: Australia, Aboriginal paintings

4/5 Yellow: New Zealand, Maori Koru designs

Express Ourselves

Linking art with what is happening in the classrooms; learners are exploring Rituals, traditions and artifacts provide a window into the beliefs and values of a culture.

In the art area, we are constructing artifacts to represent a culture that each student has chosen to research.  We have tuned and and found out about artifacts to understand what we need to know to construct our own artifact.

Designing Artifacts

tuning in- looking at artifacts and figuring out where or how they were used

Creating our own artifacts to represent the culture each learner chose:


Who We Are

In the final unit, we have been exploring the changes we go through as we grow… In art that meant creating a personal art journal and experimenting with pattern making.




In close tie to the class unit, the learners explored different techniques in craft-works used here in Cambodia which can be found at the markets.  Using a variety of materials, we tried our hands at bead-making, pottery, and weaving.

Observation as a Tool

Looking at value and real objects we created a place to rest our shoes!

Mixed Media:

Next we looked at Mixed Media and art work of refugees.  As a class we talked about the feelings those artists may have felt being relocated and still creating art using only materials available in their new home areas.  Students created 2 pieces,

one that showed Belonging and one that showed Loneliness:

This is the first unit of the year…

 Phnom Penh Alphabet

Media is designed and manipulated to target particular audiences for different purposes.  We are looking at designing our own alphabet; sharing the wonderful things about Phnom Penh… here is the start of our brainstorming:

Here are some pages in progress:



We will explore and interpret different artifacts from different cultures… what makes an artifact? why does it look like that?  why is it decorated? what does it do?

We looked at a Greek Vase:

We decided that:

An artifact is ancient, something we use for a long time, shows what they did in the past for art.

What is it used for? Holds water or something to drink, to water plants; maybe could hold plants/flowers or to hide their jewelry and money.

Was it for everyday or special occasions?  Special occasions because it is decorated- probably from a rich house because of the decorations.  In a poor house they would make it themselves.

Why is it shaped liked this?  Front shape makes it easy for pouring water.

Why is it decorated?  Drawn by someone to show what clothing they would wear, shows the vase is important, can tell a story and what they are fighting for, can be easy to sell because of the decorations.

Do you think we were right?

Then we will decide how we would make an artifact that represents ourselves…

A quote from one 4/5 student about her box: This box is like my heart.  It shows about me. It shows my age too.  This box also meaning my family.  I wrote my secret flower is my sister; Mom, Dad.  My favorite family flower, favorite movie, age, birthday.  My box is so big that’s mean my heart is big.  I hope you like my box.

exploring patterns around us
transforming an animal by changing its patterns

The 4/5’s went out to explore the patterns we can find around NISC. First, we decided that a pattern is shapes, lines, colors that repeat in order and go on forever.
Lets see what you think…


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