Category Archives: Grade 5

Getting Caught Up…

I apologize that the blog has been a little inactive lately.  Rather than upload seperate posts on each assignment that we’ve completed, I figured I just send you over to our Artsonia gallery.  It has some new uploads and will continue to accumulate artwork over the next few weeks.  From here on out, I’ll try to stay more on top of things!

Go here to see our work:


5th Graders Express Themselves!

After our Rembrandt vs. Rouault debates, in which students were teamed up to defend an artist, students created their own expressive portraits in the style of Rouault.  Each student began by creating a web that shared emotions they feel and reasons behind them.  Then, they chose a feeling and communicated it in their portrait through physical expression, oil pastel technique and color choice.

What emotion do you think these students are trying to show?

Artwork above by: Drew N., Shane B., Peyton W. and Quinn K.

Find this project and more in our online gallery at Artsonia!

Tech Tool: Voicethread


Cost: FREE (for up to 5 files), see levels of subscription at

What is it?
With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.  (taken from voicethread site)

How I am using it:
To be honest, I’ve only used Voicethread for my classroom curriculum one time.  I used it as a station to help show how the artist Henri Rousseau shows space in his work.  I only took advantage of uploading images, recording sound and drawing on the images.  There is so much more you could do with this!

Click the link to see the voicethread:

Teacher Tips:
Use a voicethread to bring together a vareity of media files on one topic.  I find it works well for the visual side of things- reading diagrams, critiquing artworks, etc.

Create a voicethread to introduce, reinforce or close a topic in class.  If used to introduce a topic, students could post questions.

Have individual students or small groups access voicethreads to get instruction directly from you (recorded into the voicethread) while you work with other students.

Give students access to a voicethread (simply use the web address) and they can leave comments (audio or written) of their own.  Great way to document participation or understanding.

Have students (if they have email addresses and create accounts) create a voicethread on a certain topic to share with the class.

Have students create a voicethread to share their work.  Have other students log in and use the comment feature to give peer feedback.

Parent Tips:
Have students make voicethreads about what they are learning in school.  Share with the teacher!

Families could create voicethreads to send to family and friends far away.  It could include pictures and narration of things happening in your life!

PTA Reflections Program 2011-2012

Diversty Means…

The PTA Reflections Program encourages students in all grade levels to pursue artistic expression.  Rosa Parks-Edison students can enter thier best creative work to illustrate this year’s theme– “Diversity Means…” — in six categories: visual arts, dance choreography, film/video production, musical composition, literature and photography.  Each project must be the original work of one person only, but students may ask for advice from their classroom teachers and special teachers in the areas of art and music.

To participate, please complete the form sent home and return it to your teacher.  Within two days, you’ll recieve an entry packet with the program rules and registration information.  You may entre more than one category, and you may have more than one entry in a category.

All entries will be judged by a panel of experts in January 2012.  School-level winners in each category will advance to the Indiana PTA Reflections Program.

Projects are due on or before Tuesday, December 13th, 2011.
If you have any questions about the PTA Reflections Program, or need an additional entry form, please contact Manda Newlin, 317.881.7581 or

Optical Art in 5th Grade

Fifth graders just completed a lesson on Optical Art.  Here is a quick run through of what we did through this lesson.

1.  Students read about Optical Art with a partner then filled out a crossword to highlight main ideas.

2.  We looked at artwork examples of Optical Art from Vasarely and Riley (since that is who is referenced in info packet and crossword).  I shared out metaphor phrases (spinning tornado, hopping dance floor, flowing river) and had students guess which artwork they belonged with.   This helped students discover what “illusion” was happening in each work.

3. I passed out sketch sheets and reviewed 6 Op Art challenges that students would need to conquer and gave some tips based on how Riley and Vasarely achieved these illusions.  Here are the 6 challenges:

  • Illusion of motion with line
  • Adjacent colors
  • Warm and Cool colors
  • Altered grid to create an illusion of space
  • Illusion with form
  • Vibration/rotation illusion

4. Students had time to sketch and then work on their final artwork.  Students could choose between drawing their final 6 ideas on a cube template (like above) or on a flat sheet of paper.

5.  Using the peer assessment form, students critiqued another students work.

Additional idea that I did not get to:  Set up Wallwisher debate wall about validity of Op Art as art.  Have one side for it and one side against it.  Students may not repeat answers and must write in complete sentences.

Check out the online gallery of all student work in the RPE Artsonia gallery by clicking here!