When 2nd Class, Room 6 were studying
the very beautiful painting ‘Forest’ by Emily Carr,
they were fascinated by pictures they could see in the picture.
The students of 2nd Class, Room 6 said
this was like finding pictures in the clouds in the sky.
Here are some of the images they could see in the original work.
What can you see in the picture?
We spent the past few weeks looking at masterpieces of trees:
Van Gogh’s ‘The Mulberry Tree’
Mondrian’s ‘Gray Tree’
and Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’
Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘The Lawrence Tree’
and Klimt’s ‘Tree of Life’.
You can see more of this work on other posts
Now having studied these works of art and trees ‘in real life’,
we will draw our own trees.
Before this project the most popular way
of drawing trees in the class was often like this:
However take a look at this slideshow
of the trees we drew since:
Perhaps after looking at our trees you might guess
which artist’s work we liked the best.
Was it Van Gogh’s colourful ‘Mulberry Tree?’
or Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’.
In fact as you can see from the graph below,
one artist’s work was a runaway success.
The children explained their choice by saying that
there seemed to be something ‘magical’
about Klimt’s ‘Tree of Life’
2nd Class Room 6 are continuing with
their art project on tree paintings.
We looked at some other famous pictures of trees.
We loved Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘The Lawrence Tree’
We loved the strong colour of the trunk,
the unusual angle of the painting
and the tiny stars in the sky.
We admired Emily Carr’s ‘Forest’
We were fascinated by
all the different colours of Emily Carr’s Forest.
We expected there might be green and brown.
But when we enlarged the painting on the whiteboard,
we could see blues, purples, yellows and lots of other colours.
Painting the sky and the grass is not like
painting a wall of our house or the kitchen door.
They are not all one colour blue or green.
Then we looked at Klimt’s wonderful ‘Tree of Life’.
We loved the bright colours, the branches
that curled round and round
and the little details among the branches.
To complete our project we are going to think about
colour, angle and shapes
and then draw our own trees.
“i thank You God for most this amazing day:
for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;”
from a poem by ee cummings
We are working on comprehension strategies
in reading, following the
‘Building Bridges of Understanding’ programme.
We spent the first six weeks of the school term
predicting what was going to happen next
in the stories we read.
Now we are adding ‘visualization’ to our skill set.
Teacher has read six short novels in class this year.
This one is our favourite by far.
“…Outside a light wind was blowing
the last of the storm clouds away.
In the east there was a glow,
and streaks of pink and violet
and duck-egg green tinged
the darker edge of the sky”.
From: ‘It Was A Dark And Stormy Night’
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Teacher thinks Nicole has visualized the sky at dawn, very well:
We all worked hard on ‘visualizing’ as you will see:
‘It Was A Dark And Stormy Night’ by Allan Ahlberg
As always I would remind you to supervise your child when they are online.
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We watched the Elephant March from the Disney Classic ‘The Jungle Book’ paying careful attention to the artwork and then we did our own jungle pictures.
This one is Sinead’s:
This one is Mak’s:
Be careful … It’s a jungle out there !
Remember that it is literally ‘a jungle out there’ on the world wide web and always remember to supervise your child’s online activities 🙂
We hope you like our pictures.