Elementary Art – Grades 3-4-5

"The important thing is to CREATE." Pablo Picasso

Elementary Arts Alive Display April 19 – May 3, 2018


We are pleased to announce that the elementary arts alive is officially on view! Our KG2 – 5th Grade students have worked hard since the beginning of the year to create the many different artworks currently hanging in the front and back lobby.


Due to the large number of students, only one artwork per student was chosen to be displayed. Parents are encouraged to collect the rest of their child’s art portfolio from the art room during Student Led Conferences.


Enjoy all the amazing art!

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Grade 4 – Color & Texture Unit


After the amazing competition for the International Day passport, Gr. 4 artists have started a very exciting project – Texture Bowls. We worked in small groups to create texture on the air dry clay, placing it on a cup so that the clay would take an irregular and unique shape. This week we will focus on painting the clay bowls using primary, secondary or tertiary colors.

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“Passport to the Wold” Competition


Congratulations to all Grade 4 artists who participated in the competition for the International Day passport cover. The students worked very hard and the passports look amazing, making the selection process a challenging one. We had both Grade 5 students and teachers from Elementary School deciding the finalists. Cannot wait to see everybody using the passports during the International Day event on Saturday.

Well done Grade 4!!!





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Grade 5 Self- Portrait Project


Part of “How We Express Ourselves” unit, Gr. 5 artists are working on a self-portrait project during this rotation. The students learned about line, value and proportion and they are creating a self-portrait in pencil using the transfer technique showed in class. They had the choice to “tell a story” through their portraits, revealing a very interesting perception of themselves. Our focus is the use of realistic details, shading and blending of the facial features. I have to say that I haven’t seen the students enjoyed working so hard before, so they must love it!


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All About A. Calder Unit


Very busy start of the year in the Art Studio!

Grade 3 artists are wrapping up the unit about Alexander Calder and Shape & Form. This 2 weeks they worked on building mobiles using pipe cleaners and colored foam. Also, the students created an abstract composition inspired by one of Calder’s lithographies using organic shapes and primary colors.

Cannot wait to display all these masterpieces!

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What’s new in the Art Studio?


Grade 3 artists are halfway through their second rotation and they’ve been very busy learning new things.

Our unit is about Shape & Form, having Alexander Calder as our artist focus.

Alexander Calder was born in Philadelphia in 1898. Both of his parents were artists.

Prior to World War II, Calder sculpted with wood. After the war, he began to sculpt with sheet metal and painted the metal with hues of black, red, blue and white.

Alexander is most famous for inventing the MOBILE which is a balanced sculpture that moves. This is called KINETIC SCULPTURE. He also created sculptures that don’t move. They are called STABILES.

Here are a few fun facts about Calder:

•His friends called him Sandy.

•He studied art and engineering.

•His favorite color was red.

•He was given a toolset when he was eight years old and loved playing and inventing things in his workshop.

•Calder liked the circus so much that he created his own. The Calder Circus had over 50 moving  figures made out of wire, leather and cloth.

The concepts and vocabulary words that we are using in class are:

Shape (2D – height, width)

Form (3D – height, width, depth)

Geometric shape/ Organic shape

Kinetic Art

Mobile/ Stabile


Wishing you to have a never ending happiness and prosperity!

Happy Holidays!


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Grade 4 in the Art Studio


Grade 4 delightful artists started their first rotation for art with a lot of excitement. The students demonstrated their artistic skills while creating a cover for the art journals, representing themselves in unique styles.

In the first unit, we learned about line (gesture lines, flowing lines, contour lines, shading lines) and perspective (vanishing point, horizon line, one-point perspective). The students have been very busy working on their project with one-point perspective.

Our next project is connected with the Unit of Inquiry “Innovation and UAE History” and the grade 4 artists are excited to expose to view how Dubai changed over the years.

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Grade 5 Book Presentation


First art rotation concluded with a successful presentation of accordion books, where grade 5 authors and illustrators shared their artwork with teachers and students. They explained how they used actual and implied texture to create their books, also taught younger students the colored pencil technique.

Congratulation Grade 5, you did an amazing job!

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What’s new in the Art Studio?


This is the last week for Grade 5 artists in the Art Studio for this rotation.

We are just wrapping up our unit of Texture & Rhythm, as the Accordion Picture Books are finished and the illustrations are simply beautiful.

The whole process of making the book was very exciting and the students’ challenge was to improve their colored pencils technique.



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Grade 5 book project


Welcome to another week in the Art Studio with the G5 Artists working on their Accordion Picture Book, part of the unit “Texture & Rhythm”. The students are using actual and implied texture to create an interesting and colorful realistic fiction book, based on their research about explorers from the Unit of Inquiry –  Exploration.

The G5 Artists are practicing on the colored pencils technique in order to give the illustrations more texture as the artist Albrecht Durer created in his famous artwork.


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