In Lafayette’s art studio classroom we are not only learning about the elements, principles and media of the visual arts, but are using the arts to gain a greater understanding, depth and richness of language arts, math, science and social studies curricula. Using the arts to teach, creates learning that is internalized and understood by children with all learning styles and on multiple levels. By educating students through the visual arts and traditional academic content simultaneously, I help inspire and nurture the truly creative thinkers needed for this new millennium.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

African Textiles Provide an Endless Source of Inspiration!

As a part of our textile unit last month, second graders explored Kuba cloth from Zaire. We examined technique, inspiration, purpose, the definition of a textile, and whether a textile is art and why… 

We also learned a few art and math concepts along the way:) What do we see? Diagonal and parallel lines, geometric shapes? (yes!), organic shapes? (no!)

On day two we explored neutral colors using chalk pastels. Some of our Kuba drawings and Kente weavings are on display in the Great Hall! We hope you enjoy them!

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