Collaboration for learning across the school - Grade 4 & Grade 12 - Symbolism in Art
As part of the ‘How we Express Ourselves’ unit of inquiry: Symbolism - "People use symbolism in art to express complex and meaningful themes", students in Grade 4 had the opportunity to visit the Grade 12's and ask questions about the artwork they are preparing for their Exhibit!
We are learning about the art creation process from Seisen’s high school artists.
Success Criteria: I can…
→ Listen attentively to the artists as they share their artwork
→ Observe the artwork and look for elements and principles, symbolism and theme being used
→ Ask questions and record the answers to learn how about the art creation process
After viewing the artwork and having discussions with the Grade 12 artists, Grade 4 shared some of their key understandings they learnt throughout the interview process:
- Symbolism is anything that has a meaning
- Symbolism is the language of symbols
- Colour can be used to express feelings and emotions
- We noticed the differences between contemporary and traditional artwork
- The Grade 12 students documented their process in a digital journal
- Many of themes were connected to cultural context - identity, religion and heritage
- One object may be a symbol for many things
- Colour is used to express a mood
- Sculptures can be art too!
- It was interesting learning about colour and all the different meanings that colour has.
- "I never realized animation is art also."
- "I used to think that people just create or draw whatever pops into their head, however now I realize there is a long process to creating."
- Art takes time to plan.
- "I never realized art could be so large or fashion can be art."
It was not only the Grade 4 students who learnt from this experience, but also the Grade 12's too!
The Grade 12 students shared that this experience:
- Prepared us for the Exhibition by giving us a real audience to practice speaking with
- Through being asked questions, it pointed out gaps in our current knowledge
- Made us think about the audience and who our art was targeted for
- Really amazed by the acceptance from the audience (Open-mindedness!)
- The Grade 4 students asked questions that I should be asking myself but I don’t
- This process inspired me to make changes to my artwork
- Helped us to reflect on our artistic journey
- The hardest question we had to answer was about the harmony and unity of our pieces.
Where to next?
Our Grade 4 students are now moving into the creation stage of designing and making their own artwork that uses symbolism to express a theme. We look forward to sharing these with the Grade 12 students when they are ready!
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