Radial Symmetry

Written by Lila Jorge. Posted in 4th Grade, Administration, Elementary School, ES Art, ES Principal

Whenever I visit a classroom there are always one or two students who ask me why I like to visit classes.  My response is always the same – I love learning about their learning.  It’s a combination of seeing how the students are engaging with different concepts, identifying practices that are supporting student learning and also keeping an eye out for things we can improve.

Photo1Today, I had the chance to see how some of our 4th graders were doing in their most recent art project revolved around radial symmetry.  I was really excited by Ms. Tiff’s choice to work around this concept because there is so much room for exploration.  What is symmetry?  What distinguishes radial symmetry from linear symmetry?  What is the radius of a circle and how can we potentially gather clues from the term radial symmetry?

I decided to ask a few students these questions in order to check their level of understanding and these are some of the responses I heard back.

“Symmetry is when you draw a line down the middle of a picture and the two sides are like reflections.”

“Radial symmetry means that you have an image that repeats all the way around the circle.”

“The radius is the distance from the center to the perimeter.  So, they call it radial symmetry because the reflection starts at the center of the circle and goes all the way around.”

I appreciated how the students explained their understanding using their own words, which showed that they truly grasped the concept and weren’t simply parroting back a memorized definition.  It was a wonderful example of how we aim to help children not only grasp the big ideas but simultaneously develop the ability to articulate their ideas and understanding of concepts.

Pinwheels for Peace!

Written by Tiffany Emerick. Posted in ES Art

Elementary Art students created ‘Pinwheels for Peace’.  Visit the website to learn more about the project.  If you click on ‘locations’ you’ll see all of the schools around the world who participate, including BFIS! Http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/


Overview of Elementary Art

Written by Tiffany Emerick. Posted in ES Art

The ES art curriculum integrates a variety of mediums, cultures and subject matters to develop creative problem solvers who are able to recognize various artists and art movements in an everyday context. We begin our projects with our sketchbooks, which will go home at the end of the year.  Art is displayed on a regular basis in the cafeteria and will be changed every 2-4 weeks. The Spring art show will take place on May 30th in the new auditorium.  For the first semester we focus on 2-D mediums and create drawings, paintings and collages inspired by literature, culture and 20th century art movements. We work with the concepts of perspective, narrative, portraiture, color theory and symmetry. In the second semester our focus shifts to clay, paper maché, photography and architecture. The art room can almost always make use of materials such as magazines, newspapers, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, glass jars and styrofoam packaging from vegetables are always welcome but if you have anything else, please ask. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with organizing and labeling artwork for the art show, please email me!

Art Resources in Barcelona

Casa Orlandai is where we have the 3rd grade exhibition of ‘Our Cities’.  This café and gallery is kid friendly, walking distance from the school, and is often showcasing student work from around the city.   http://www.casaorlandai.cat/

Caixa Forum is a free museum with rotating exhibits and offers family activities and workshops for kids.   http://.fundaciomiro-bcn.org/

The Miro and Picasso Museums have great art that kids can relate to and a strong education program with family events.   http://fundaciomiro-bcn.org/ & http://www.museupicasso.bcn.cat/en/

MNAC is a traditional art museum with work from every time period and monthly events for families.   http://www.mnac.cat/index.jsp?lan=001

MACBA and CCCB are Barcelona’s contemporary art museums.  MACBA has free workshops for kids during La Mercé.   http://www.macba.cat/ & http://www.cccb.org/en/