PYP IB Curriculum
Interdisciplinary theme: “How the World Works”
Time: 12 sessions
Inspired by the media, world heroes, gods and comics, students designed their own comic superhero and made the character’s mask as a visual response to the impact of consumerism and contamination. They explored issues of identity, cultural heritages and contemporary art to create awareness about the importance of a fair use of resources in a globalized context while discussing how power is structured in the world in relation to make profit out of the natural world and technology. They applied the technique of mask making using recycled materials. During this unit of inquiry, students discussed content questions such as:
- Why do we use/take/store energy to make the world work?
- What “masks” humans use to express ideas about how the world works? Why?
- Why do superheroes need to fix the world? What’s a superhero?
Meet the Superheroes
Vocabulary and “gut” reactions about “Man” comic video by artist Steve Cut
Students made their own sketchbooks to document their creative process
Mask making process
Exploratory class to learn the 7 elements of art
United States of America National Curriculum
Time: 12 sessions
Inspired by a Keith Haring’s artwork, students from 3rd. Grade draw sea animals and create a mural using collage as a technique to interpret the importance of water in the life cycle. During this lesson, students reflect about their work as well as the artist’s statement while learning about basic design principles, drawing and how to make a collage, including new vocabulary.
According to James (age 7) “water can bring life”. that is why, students have draw their favorite sea animal for a mural project.
Students learn basic design principles and develop drawing skills.
Students discuss about the importance of ¨Water¨ in the life cycle while and how does their design relate to Keith Haring’s murals in New York City.
As a closure activity, students made a book with their drawings.
Students share their drawings by presenting a short statement about their chosen sea animal.
Students trace their sea animal to make a collage. they work collaboratively to make a design for the mural about water as a theme.
Students working on the water mural.
Applying Vivian Paley’s democratic rules ideas for discussions in the classroom.