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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Art Attack!

Art Attack is an annual student art exhibit at Artworks Gallery featuring visual art created by K-12 students who attend school within the local community. This year, Crossroads Charter Academy was represented by 25 visual art pieces created by elementary students!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Indian Elephants

The fifth grade students learned about the important functions of the elephant in Indian culture. For example, elephants are used to haul timber, to bless people entering Hindu temples, and to transport the bride in wedding ceremonies. Anually, an elephant festival is held in Jaipur, India. At this event the elephants are painted and elaborately decorated. After viewing a short video of the festival, the fifth grade students were inspired to create oil pastel Indian elephant drawings!

Self Portraits In the Style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo

The sixth grade students learned about the Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) who created portraits made up of everyday objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, books, and cookware. The students worked together to trace the projected shadow of their profiles, and they filled the profiles with drawings of things, symbols, and words that represent their values, opinions, and preferences.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Anansi Collages

The Fourth Grade students have been writing legends in their classrooms. In art class, we read the Ashanti legend of Anansi the Spider. The students were inspired to create collages of the legendary hero Anansi!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Watercolor Landscape Paintings

CCA Welcomes Author Leslie Helakoski

Crossroads Charter Academy Welcomes Children's book Author and Illustrator Leslie Helakoski! Leslie holds a degree in illustration from Northern Michigan University. Book titles include: Big Chickens, Fair Cow, The Smushy Bus, and Woolbur (my personal favorite).

Henri Matisse Collage

The Second Grade Students learned about the life of Henri Mattisse, and they viewed his painting "The Goldfish" (1910). The students were inspired to create collages with bold colors and patterns. Some students exceeded expectations and created three dimensional paper scenes!