6th-7th Art, Ms. Slomowitz

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The First art project for this year was a self-portrait line drawing.

We started out by talking about all the different kinds of lines that exist such as curvy and straight.  We looked at how lines create shapes-geometric and organic in Art. Students then drew themselves to be included on the school T-Shirts using Sharpies. Each class will receive a t-shirt will all the students’ pictures as a souvenir.

Our next art project was making fruit for the Austin Jewish Academy Sukkah that will be erected for the SukkahFest at Whole Foods during Sukkot.  Each child made and painted a papier-Mache fruit.

The 15th of Sept is International Dot Day. We read “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds and then decorated and filled  a ¼ circle pizza slice shape using artstix and markers. Once all the pieces are complete we will assemble them together to create lots of big dots.

Circular art can be seen in; native American and Tibetan sand paintings, the Gothic Rose windows in Gothic Architecture and Hindu Yantras. In Sanskrit the word “Mandala” means both circle and center, implying that it represents both the visible world around us and the invisible one deep in our minds. The 6-7th grade art students are each creating their own Mandalas and trying to depict their visible and invisible selves through these repetitive line drawings.