BLOG EXHIBITION DATE 2020
Salutations, Grade 2.
As a mini, day project, between projects, you learned about the process of weaving. Some of you were off and away working magic with the weft and the warp, while others found it a bit confusing about whether you should go over or under the warp. It is hard sometimes to know. If you get stuck when you try this at home, just check out this refresher video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opUOb0knagU ... thank you Mrs Brown!! :0)
What I was most impressed by was the creativity you showed after you finished your page of weaving. Some of you made patterns with drawings, others created purses, while still others made cylinders or birthday cards. Limitless possibilities!!
Check out your artwork in the Gallery!
Hello All, We have had a huge discussion across grade levels and classrooms about what UBUNTU means. Here is an account of what we discussed and how we, as a school, designed a collaborative visual expression to display.
UBUNTU: An ancient African word expressing…I am because we are.
When given the concept of UBUNTU to explore, students from Prep to Grade 5 unpacked and analyzed what this idea meant to them. They viewed images and videos, explored the symbolism of unity and had small and whole group discussions that eventually built a unique, collective perspective.
Through collaborations, students added to each other’s understandings. They shared messages between classes and an inquiry was developed. Why are we who we are? The answers grew into a new thought, ‘I am me because of the people who are around me.’
The ideas of appreciation, influence and inspiration began to bubble up along with new questions…
Who has shaped me?
How do I demonstrate their influence?
How do I share my ideas visually?
With these questions came possibilities and ways to communicate their new understandings of UBUNTU, identity, humanity, self, other and influence. Some students suggested human mandalas, weavings, photography, hand art, paintings and portraits.
The portrait display here is the first installment of their thinking that demonstrates their responses to UBUNTU. These faces are representations of the people who influence the students and teachers here at VIS. There are mums and dads, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunties and uncles, grandparents, teachers, friends, scientists, lawyers, actors, singers, sports figures, historical heroes and super heroes! In this process, a new vision of this ancient African word has developed…
In the appreciation of others, we become ourselves.
With a career spanning 25 years, I have worked alongside children from infancy to 9th grade in a generalist classroom setting. To my delight and surprise, an opportunity arose for me to become an art teacher in 2015. My first year was a learning experience and I expect that will be the case with all the years to follow.