Category Archives: Visual arts

Autobiographical Masks

imageWhat’s an autobiographical mask?
It’s a mask that reveals – and hides – something about the mask-maker. We designed the front of our masks to show (through symbols and colour) some facet of our character or personality that we reveal to the world. The backs of our masks symbolize our closely-held thought which are hidden or shared with those close to us. Then we created Artist Statements that described the process and the symbols we created.

Sylvain Rivard In Our Classroom

(Article transferred from ExpressionArts St-Lawrence)

On January 19th, 2010, a special guest came in our class. His name is Sylvain Rivard and he works for ArtsSmarts. He is an Amerindian (Native American). He taught us about art and he surprised me by all the new stuff he Continue reading

Here Come The Blogs!

Grade 6 – congratulations!

This weekend I became an Edublogs Supporter

so now each of you can build your own professional-looking blog.

At Edublogs you’ll be able to choose from over one hundred  ‘themes’ for your blog.

Edublogs uses a WordPress platform (like All Things Quebec) so you should find it easy to use!

Have fun!

 

From Dashavatars to Avatars!

An Ancient Hindu Belief

According to Hindu sacred texts the god Vishnu once descended to Earth in the form of 10 different beings (including a fish and a boar). These different forms were called Dashavatara. You can see them in the beautiful painting below (click to enlarge) which is from Jaipur, India.

Fast Forward to the 2000s

Most of you have seen James Cameron’s 3D blockbuster – Avatar – which is the story of of a man who visits a planet and interacts with aliens “virtually” through the use of a physical avatar.

And finally, many of you are familiar with the notion of an avatar because you play video games.

Why should you have your own avatar? Continue reading

Abenaki Artist Sylvain Rivard Drops By For A Visit | St-Lawrence School

Yesterday, we were lucky enough to welcome First Nations artist Sylvain Rivard into our classroom.

Sylvain’s art – both  traditional and contemporary – springs from his Abenaki heritage.

His visit is part of a wider exploration of questions like:

What is art?

What is art for?

Why are there so many different styles of art?

Which type of art is “better”?

Who invented art?

 

Stay tuned this week for students blogging about his visit!