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It has been a great privilege to work with Apple Distinguished Educator Cathy Hunt, who spent a very busy week at CDNIS working with Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students and teachers before the Christmas break. Cathy is an award-winning educational consultant, presenter and experienced iPad and Visual Arts teacher from Australia. During her time with us as faculty in residence we learned about hands-on, tactile and collaborative ways of working with iPads and were introduced to loads of great resources as an outlet for expressing ourselves. We hope to see you again soon Cathy!
Learn more about Cathy’s work on her website.
Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves
Central Idea: Images and language are used to convey ideas and engage an audience
Where does language come from? In the art room we are exploring the history of pictographs – pictures and images representing an idea (for example in ancient Chinese characters). These are a bit different from phonetic languages such as the English alphabet or Egyptian Hieroglyphics, which represent sounds.
How can we create our own symbols to represent our ideas while at the same time allowing a viewer/reader to understand our thoughts? Grade 2 students are creatively brainstorming ways to move from the literal to the symbolic. Give it a try! What kind of symbols could you create to represent earth, nature, cold, light? How about more abstract concepts like love, worry, care or understand?
To connect with these artists/writers from the past we are also learning about the creation of paint through natural pigments. As colour scientists, students are grinding up natural materials such as charcoal, limestone, chalk and clay into earthy ochre tones as well as using coffee as a natural dye.
Lascaux cave painting (Paleolithic approx 17,300 years old)