How we Express Ourselves

Choices of role models reflect the characteristics that societies and individuals value.

Last, but certainly not least this year, the grade 6 and art are integrating again! This time the learners are developing who they are as Role Models at NISC or in the community; so what better way to express that than a propaganda poster.  They developed their ideas, attributes and then styled posters after historical propaganda designs and current artists like Shepard Fairey.Here are their finished pieces.

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How we Organize Ourselves

EXHIBITION!  Learners are exploring their own inquiries into how we organize ourselves, and art is here to help them with their staging design and presentation space…

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How the World Works

In this unit, learners explored space in an artwork.  Using paper cut outs to create a design where positive and negative space change was the first experiment in space.

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After the learners understood positive and negative space, they created a design to make into a relief print using a rubber block to carve away to create their image.

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Sharing the Planet:

In this unit of art, we looked at how composition and digital media can alter the way we understand our place on the planet.

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Place and Time:

Looking at our past helps build who we are in the present, the grade 6 have been looking to understand their past generations in order to see how it has shaped who they are becoming.  In art we looked at traditional Khmer art and then students were to create a mixed media reflection on their family and personal histories in a “piece of me.”

Shadow Puppets:

Iconic Khmer images:

“pieces of me”

Who We Are

Understanding different art styles enables artist’s to respond to their own art needs.

We looked at about 20 pieces of art and determined how they fit together based on commonalities of line, color, texture and subject.  Now we are exploring each of these styles of art to decide what type of style reflects who we are as art learners.  In small groups, we will be interpreting the Learner Profiles using these different art styles on 10 canvases to be hung @Your Library!

Here are some of the finished Learner Profiles:


Everyday Objects as Art:

In this unit, learners looked at Claus Oldenburg’s sculptures.  They discovered how using an everyday object and playing with size, materials or placement can alter the way the viewer sees that object.

Here is what they made in small groups


During Exhibition, the art room was used as a studio space.  Here students planned, designed and created their exhibition space, backdrops and/or props.

Balance and Space:

In this unit we focused on Space and Balance in art, we looked at Positive and Negative Space in an artwork.  Then we explored printmaking as well.

Propaganda Posters:

Social inequalities crate a need for action.

After looking at historical and current posters from China, Vietnam, Europe and the Americas; students determined the commonalities in these posters.  Students could focus on the social inequality of their summative assessment to create a poster to share their views.  Here are some examples:

Using Technology to record our world:

Looking at the wold around us through digital cameras to create compositions and use editing tools on the computer; we are making art photographs instead of snapshots.

Take a look at our work.

This is the first unit of the year…

~Categorizing Art

We looked at atleast 20 pieces of art and determined how they fit together based on commonalities of line, color, texture and subject.  Now we are exploring each of these styles of art to decide what type of style reflects who we are as art learners.

Look at some of our results: you decide are they examples of  Impressionism, Abstract, Pop Art, Tribal or Aboriginal,Cubism.


~Propaganda Art

After discussing how art can get a message across; we looked at some historical propaganda posters from WWI, WWII, Korea, China and some involving more current issues such as climate change and environment.

Grade 6 students decided that a good poster design includes: 3-5 colors, simple image, few meaningful words and an important issue.

Here is what we created

~ UN Day  Mongolian Masks

For UN day we quickly made Mongolian Tsam Dance masks.  Learning how to use paper mache` and making masks that look like these traditional designs kept us on our toes…

Take a look at a few pictures of our work:

Who We Are As Learners

~experimented with working unfamiliar art materials in small groups, and as individuals
~researching what and how we can teach to others in art

We are learning who we are in art and about our learning styles too. Working in a small group, we each tried using some different materials: paint, paper, or natural objects; to see what we could create and how we decided to  use them.


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