Teaching values and beliefs through art

PYP Unit: Unit 1-Who we are (Values & Beliefs)

Central idea: Our values and beliefs are part of who we are and can influence how we live our lives.

Grade level: 2 (7-8 year olds)

Media: painting, drawing/sketching, designing

Elements of Art: line, shape, colour, value

Grade 2 students explored the concept of Value (as in what they valued in their own lives) as well as in the artistic sense where value is described as the state the lightness of darkness of a colour.

value_scale_art art-value-scaleblack

They investigated how value worked when using coloured and led pencils, crayons and markers. Students discovered that it was hard to show value when using a marker but easy when using pencils or crayons.

Their investigation into the concept of value in art was further extended by mixing one colour with white and painting lines to show the changing value of a colour.

Summative Assessment: By linking in their understanding of what value meant in their own lives was  enhanced by a final project in art.Students were asked to create a jar and fill in with all the things they valued.Some children used found images in magazines, others drew their own pictures, some included words whilst others only images. They were then asked to explain their artistic choices to a friend.

About Miss Frolchenko

Originally from Australia I am currently living and teaching at an international school in Rome, Italy.
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