Art Link Art Exchange Program 5th Grade

All 5th grade classes will participate in an exciting international art exchange with other 5th grade students around the world!  Students will begin creating their artwork next week and complete their artwork by mid November.  Students will create artwork that represents their culture and tells a story about their lives.  Please talk with your children at home about these topics and help them to think about how they can represent their culture in their artwork.

Some ideas students can use in creating artwork that represents culture can be:

  1. Holidays that your family celebrates
  2. Traditional food
  3. Family traditions
  4. Family gatherings
  5. Sports
  6. Hobbies
  7. Favorite activities
  8. Special family memory
  9. Ancestors
  10. Country of origin and heritage

Once completed, the artwork will be shipped to our Art Link partners in Cyprus, Mexico and Poland. This week in art we begin brainstorming and writing about culture, how art helps us to connect with and appreciate different cultures and what makes our own cultures unique.

Click the link to access the Art Link Program Teacher Handbook: 2014-2015 ArtLink Teacher Handbook (1)

Here is a past student example of artwork that was exchanged in the Art Link program.

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Hispanic Artists

Hispanic Artists Powerpoint

During the month of October, 2nd and 3rd grade students will be creating artwork based on Hispanic artists and culture. First, students will have the opportunity to view and talk about artwork created by Hispanic artists like Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. These are some of my personal favorites! Then, students will choose to create their own artwork representing the style of one of the artists or the Mexican cultural tradition of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  Students will make comparisons and connections to their own and other cultures through art. Some of the artwork will be shared at our all school meeting on October 24th! Click on the links on this page for more images and information about the artists and Dia De Los Muertos.

Traditional and Contemporary Art/ Images Based on Dia De Los Muertos

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Video about Dia De Los Muertos

National Geographic Images of Dia De Los Muertos


Squiggle Transformations






Students in grades K-5 are creating transformation drawings. The goal is to use the squiggle line as part of a drawing and to transform it into something unexpected. It’s exciting to see students stretch their creativity and come up with unique ways to use the squiggle in their drawings. You can try this at home too.

Start by drawing a line like the one below. Next imagine what this squiggle could become in your drawing. Try turning the paper or ipad around in different ways and think about how this line could become part of a drawing of something creative and unexpected.

How did you transform your squiggle? Leave a comment and share about your drawings!