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Friday, June 24, 2016


Fifth Grade Art Gallery

The Tradition of Coil Pottery
 Like many cultures before them, fifth grade students used hand-building clay techniques to create coil pottery. Their challenge was to build a clay pot that was strong and unique, using their own design and decorative additions. The pots are currently being fired and will be completed with glaze colors.

 Blind Contour Drawings
Fifth grade artists practice drawing only what they see by sketching still life object contours or outlines without looking at their papers. The results: fun! This activity allowed the students to simply focus on drawing, while developing their observational skills, and not worrying so much about perfection!
Visiting Artist & Recycled Message Sculptures

On February 10th local artist, Lisa Schumaier, presented to Oakridge’s 5th grade class about her experiences working with found objects and recycled materials. In connection with MOSAIC book, One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul, 5th grade artists used what they have learned to create their own message sculptures. Students investigated a variety of techniques and processes for sculpting with recycled materials and found objects. Ms. Schumaier returned to work with each 5th grade class as they continued to explore the challenges and rewards of creating art from recycled and everyday objects.


Cell Drawings 

5th grade students compared images of magnified cells to works of abstract art. They then learned about color schemes, patterns and shapes to create abstract oil pastel designs.


Last Modified on April 24, 2016