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 All Teachers, Staff, Students, and Community Members - Please fill out this short survey!

Background info: During art class at Johnson Elementary, Mrs. Nestheide's 4th graders designed their own graphic design project and marketing experiment. In part of our Traditions in Art-Making unit, these students were particularly interested in how graphic designers communicate to different age groups with their choices in color and style. With an impromtu change in our art plans, students decided that it would be interesting to try to sell the exact same kind of cereal (in this case "Cheerios") to specific age groups, just by altering the box design.

They chose to market to three particluar audiences, based on age: PK-2nd grade, 3rd-6th graders, and Adults, and divided the class into three groups. Each student planned and created an image for the front of the box, based on their target audience, and helped advise each other in making sure their design fit the interests of that age group. The class then voted on which designs were the most successful for each audience, and would like to have people in the school and community survey the pieces - not based on which is that person's favorite design, but select the design that would attract that person's age group most successfully!

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4th Grade: 

In the art room, 4th graders are discussing Traditions in Art-Making. We are discussing and experiencing several different traditional styles and methods throughout the year, and have just started to discuss the creative options, historical connections, and math applications associated with QUILTING. 

Here is an opportunity for students to continue to creatively experiment with this traditional form of art...

Exploring Geometry and History with Digital Quilt Design

Check it out! This link allows students to explore creating a quilt block design. It then combines the blocks to present an image a complete quilt using their block design. This particular site focuses on allowing students to consider how they might use a quilt image to symbolically represent elements of history from the Underground Railroad.


I've enjoyed creating quite a few quilt combinations with this site, and hope you enjoy it as well!

September - Be watching for Pinwheels outside the school! 

Students worked collaboratively to create pinwheels and posters to help remind us to be peacemakers in our family, school, and our world! The students realized that we might not always agree, but we can always try to make peaceful resolutions and work together.

We hope you enjoy this installation of art in our community, to be displayed around September 21, the International Day of Peace.

Collaboration: Working together to make a piece of art