Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Grade 5: Mayan portraits and Pointillism

Wood End fifth graders are currently working on Mayan art.  They have studied exploration of the Americas in their social studies classes, and have discussed the Maya, the Inca, and the Aztec.  I focused on the Maya for this project.  In art, we discussed what we saw when we looked at Mayan art.  We came up with a list of things that were most prominent and important in the art we saw.  We noticed that the work had human and animal features, a headdress, lots of design and detail, shapes (organic and geometric), and they were symmetrical.  Our project was to create a Mayan portrait showing the above listed features. Then we will eventually paint them.  So far we have started our drawings. 

The Fifth graders at Birch Meadow are studying pointillism.  Pointillism came out of the art movement of impressionism.  In Pointillism, the artist uses small dots or strokes of paint to make up the pictures. From far away, these dots blend together to form the picture and give the impression of different colors as they blend together. Georges Seurat was the most famous pointillist painter.  He developed the style of painting in this fashion.  The most famous work by can be seen here.  We chose either an animal, a landscape or a vehicle to draw for our subjects.  So far we are still in progress with this lesson.  I will post more photos when we are finished. 



  1. These are really cool projects. I wish my kids would have had you as their art teacher. Keep up the great work.

  2. awsome! my class is learning about his too.