November 23

Abstract Art and Freedom of Expression

This week, many classes in the Learning Commons learned about Paul-Émile Borduas (1905 – 1960) He is an important painter from Quebec. Students created their own abstract art. We shared different books to help us imagine what our emotions would look like if we drew them.

Some colours made us think of different emotions. We read ‘Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox’ by Indigenous author Danielle Daniel, ‘ The Noisy Paintbox’ – a biography of Kandinsky and Dr. Seuss’ My Many Coloured Days.

We used Doodle Buddy and the smudge feature to show our learning. Students K – 4/5  exported their work independently. Handy tips: Paint a solid colour layer first and use the widest brush option. Use a QR code on the hallway bulletin board to share learning.

Check out the video of our creations.

 

Abstract Art with Doodle Buddy from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

October 25

Bringing our Fall Tree to Life

Before we added our fall leaves to the hall display, students used the wool leaves to create digital ideas to show learning. We used Pixaloop App to show the movement of the trees in the fall breeze and Stop Motion App to show the content of a book about Fall emerging from the pages. Students independently uploaded their work to Google Drive so that we could share what we had made with class peers. Here are a two sample videos.

Using Pixaloop to show the movement of Fall Leaves from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

Stop Motion brings the Books to Life from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

March 4

Showing Learning about Japan: Mixed Media

Students in Grade 1 showed their learning about Japan by using the drawing app Doodle Buddy. Instead of exporting from the app and uploading to Dropbox, students used a frame placed on top of their work and used the camera of another iPad to take a photo. We are looking forward to figuring out other ways that we can combine media to show learning.

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January 26

The Wave: Art inspired by Barbara Reid and Hokusai

This was a collaborative project by Grade 2 and 3 students. Focus was on appreciating and respecting the work of their peers as well as exploring how to combine styles from two different artists: Hokusai and Barbara Reid. Following explorations of the artists, the first class created the blue background with plasticine. We used the cardboard sleeves to present our work.

The second class imported a photograph of the background into Doodle Buddy and added the details. It was uploaded to Dropbox for sharing. The final group added white plasticine and the images were displayed in the hallway.

Art inspired by Hokusai and Barbara Reid from Anna Crosland on Vimeo.

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