News from the Art Cafe, 5th Grade

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Dear AJA Parents,

I am SO excited to have the opportunity to spend quality time exploring your children’s creative energy in Art at the Austin Jewish Academy and look forward to spending many precious hours with them.

Starting off the year we consider Marcel Duchamp (1887 –1968), one of the first artists to take “readymade objects” out of their natural environment and place it in an environment of the Gallery – thus creating an “art-piece”. One would ask: “Is this Art?” Well, that’s a discussion for another time.

In the meantime, your children are on the verge of exploration and discovery – Give them a chance to investigate the meaning of ”Art” by donating all your “trash/recyclables” to the Art Room Treasure Box found in Room 230 (The Art Room).

Please donate:

Magazines, newspapers, plastic bottles (all sizes), toilet and pare towels cardboard rolls, plastic containers (Small and large Yogurt/Dan Active), lids of jars/bottles, baby food jars, soda/beer bottle caps, wine bottle corks, soda can openers, puzzles (all sizes) pieces, washers, shaped pieces of wood, broken toy parts (party favors, doll parts), old keys, computer parts, brown paper shopping bags, small plastic containers (contact lens, pill box containers), old toothbrushes, dental floss, styrofoam trays, packaging peanuts, small cardboard boxes, small wooden boxes, shoes boxes, etc.


Glass jars or bottles as glass is not safe for the children.

If you are not sure that your budding artists can use particular items – please bring them anyway and I will recycle what we don’t use.

Please bring all recyclables to the Art room #230.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Slom

(Susan Slomowitz, AJA Art Specialist)

The Art curriculum at the AJA is based on the elements and principles of Art.

In 5nd gradethe first Element of Art that we are learning is “Shape”.

Shape is a self-contained defined area of geometric or organic form. The three basic shapes: the circle, the square, and the triangle are considered to be the fundamental shapes found in all design.

Our first unit is when Klee met Kandinsky. We read The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock and The Cat and the Bird by Geraldine Elschner.

We looked at Paul Klee’s: Castle and Sun (1928) and Kandinsky’s Squares with centric Circles (1913)

Students drew around cardboard geometric shapes to create their own towers/castles/structures and then added circles in circles in, around, or on the buildings. These will be colored in oil pastels and painted with India ink.