Grade 2 PYP Now and Then Collaboration

Grade 2 students are studying things changing over time in their homerooms. In art they are creating mobiles representing objects or places, how they used to be and how they are now. Students are also learning about creating and using positive and negative space for composition, texture and pattern.

These are some of their pieces still in-progress.

Shepard Fairey Value Art lesson for Grade 5 students.

Standards Addressed:

-Creating Works of Visual Art. The student will demonstrate competence in the use of ideas, materials, techniques, and processes in the creation of works of visual art.

-Exploring Content. The student will examine the content of works of visual art and use elements from them in creating his or her own works.

-Making Connections. The student will make connections between the visual arts and other arts disciplines, other content areas, and the world.


Students will look at the work of artist Shepard Fairey. They will discuss their opinions about the pieces technically and also about the perceived meaning by the artist. Students will discuss how the composition, color, and facial expression of the subjects influence the mood of the pieces and tell a story or convey a message. Students will discuss the process of creating the image and possible decisions behind the design choices.

Aung San Suu Kyi


National Portrait Gallery Hangs Shepard Fairey’s Portrait of Barack Obama

Tech– Students will take a photo of themselves and using the PIXLR app will separate the shadow values in their face into 3 layers. Students will consider expression and composition to convey a mood of their choice. Students will print 3 copies of the separated image onto clear plastic sheets.

Stencil Creation– Students will cut a different color out of each copy creating 3 stencils, one for each value layer, white, grey, and black (For this to be successful it is important for the teacher to prep the layers and explain in detail how to cut stencils, leaving bridges etc., Also for the teacher to spend time on exacto knife safety.)

Printing- Students will screen print each layer starting with the “white” layer, then “grey” and then “black.” Students will choose a color scheme that is important to them and contributes to their theme that also follows the color value scale from light to dark.


Students will write a short reflection discussing the printing process and what their portraits relays about them. Teacher will also use a rubric to evaluate craftsmanship, process, and student explanation of their choices.

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3rd Grade Culture Collaboration

The 3rd grade students are talking about their home cultures in their homeroom classes. Inspired by artist Jonathan Green and in the style of impressionism students created their own piece that represented their culture.