Sixth Graders have talked about radial symmetry. That means no matter how you divide something into equal parts, they match. The word radial refers to things that radiate from a central point. Things that are symmetrical can be divided in half and the halves match. We are using our math skills and vocabulary for this project! Students had to draw their name using lettering that could be filled in, such as block or bubble letters on a paper square that had been folded equally into eight parts. when unfolded, the design has radial symmetry. Can you sopt the name in the design at the upper left?
Oaxacan Woodcarved Animals
Mexican Folk Art creatures that are carved entirely by hand out of Copal wood. Each one is uniquely carved and painted. They are covered in patterns and often show floral motifs as well. These carvings come from the state of Oaxaca in the South-Eastern part of Mexico. The colors are bright and fantastic!
Sixth grade is starting the semester by creating a plaster relief sculpture with an Egyptian theme. They are just finishing their Egyptian unit in Mrs. Day's Social Studies class. We are looking at Egyptian art over the course of 3,000 years. How the Egyptians drew their figures did not change over that whole span of time. Please watch the video below to see the amazing discovery of how that was accomplished!
Relief Sculpture is the process of creating a raised surface by starting with a flat surface and carving away the areas that are not necessary. there are two main types of relief sculpture, High Relief and Low Relief. High Relief alows the subject matter to stick out considerably from the surface, almost as if a sculpture has been glued to the wall. the most common example of Low relief is a coin. the subject is only a little higher than the space around it.
This is an example of Sunken Relief. A lot of Egytian relief sculpture is in this form. It is low relief with a deeper outline.
Plaster of Paris
We will be using Plaster of Paris for our project. The following video explains the process.