Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ceramic Sculptures Inspired by Mayan Hieroglyphs

The only requirement for these lovely ceramic sculptures is that they had to include a Mayan hieroglyph.
Vocabulary: Sculpture, Mayas, Hieroglyph, Green-ware, Glaze

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Landscape Fans: Art Meets History and Science

Inspiration: The fans of Ancient Japan and China
Vocabulary: Landscape, Silk Road, Monopoly, Calligraphy
I love to see how much can be covered in one lesson and the students still grasp it all. In this lesson we cover the history of the Silk Road, the cycle of the Bombyx Mori (silk worm moth), and Chinese calligraphy. 

Still Life Watercolor Paintings

These still life paintings were inspired by various artists who have taken on the traditional tasks of recording the things around them only as they see them. 
Vocabulary: Depth, Balance, Variety, Still life, Composition

Portraits Inspired by Da Vinci's Mona Lisa

 Inspiration: Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
Vocabulary: Value, Shading, Renaissance, Sfumato

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Aztec Tree of Life

Inspiration: Aztec Tree of Life
Vocabulary:  Aztec, Mayan, Incas, Space, Variety, Hieroglyph, Symbols, Balance, Symmetrical

Grade: 6th

Friday, February 24, 2012

Egyptian Cartouche and Shrinky Dinks

Students used Egyptian hieroglyphs to design a tiny cartouche with their name or initials. I think I had as much fun as they did watching them shrink in our polymer clay oven.
Vocabulary: Egypt, Hieroglyphic, Cartouche, Symbols, Rosetta Stone