The long process of designing and building the masks for the theater production about the Middle Ages is coming to an end. With the guidance of Roy and Analisa of Amazing Vox, students learned concepts of stage make up and applied dramatic highlights and shadows to the mask painting. Elastic straps will be installed this week and the masks will be used on stage next week.
Fifth grade students at Lafayette School are researching states. They are showing what they know about each state by designing a "Big Letter Postcard" for the state. Students are learning how to mix watercolors, create one point perspective letters and demonstrating what they have learned about their state in a visual manner.
Lafayette students in Ms. Brakeman's class learned about concepts of depth and applied them to their illustrations of their stories.
This student showed the foreground, middleground and background in her work. She placed her people in different vertical positions too.
Notice the overlapping hills and the bunnies getting smaller as they get farther away.
These houses are clearly in the foreground and overlap the mountains and hills in the backgroud.
The dinosaur skeleton is drawn toward the bottom of the page and overlaps the background creating depth.
Tina West and Becky Cape, 3rd grade teachers at Hoopa Elementary School, embraced the constructive and creative chaos of the maker activity called The Cardboard Challenge. Students designed and created their own arcade games from recycled materials.
Before students see the Chinese Acrobats at HSU's Van Duzer Theater, they are engaging in their own theatre arts challenge. Juggling provides a series of sequential problems that require the student to calm down, pay attention, listen analytically, observe critically, focus on one activity at a time, plan a learning strategy, go step-by-step, stay on task, screen out distractions, and manage their muscles to act appropriately. They will persevere through a series of minor failures (drops), analyze final results of the process, and incorporate the newly learned activities into a larger pattern of complex learned activities that can be demonstrated and taught to others. It is a limitless, cumulative, branching model which teaches creative problem solving through direct experience and enhances creativity by offering intrinsic and extrinsic reinforcement with every gain in skill!
Attendance was high at Washington Elementary School's Math Night. NCAIP designed the math exploration you see pictured in these photos. Students used the regular hexagons to tessellate the surface while also exploring color, textures and values. Some students used scissors to deconstruct the hexagons into equilateral triangles, trapezoids and rhombi.
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