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Grade 4 Looks to Nature for Art


How We Express Ourselves through art is a Unit of Inquiry that was recently tackled by Grade 4 students. As part of their studies on ephemeral art, the young artists stepped outside the classroom and into the wilderness to create pieces left in fate’s hands to decide how long they would last. Before commencing on their masterpieces however, they had discussions on various subjects to decide what exactly they wanted to make. To organize their ideas more clearly, they created a checklist they referred to throughout the entire process. The list is as follows:

  • Why are you designing this art piece?
  • What message do you want to deliver to your audience?
  • Where do you want to put it, and for how long?
  • What kind of materials do you need to make your art?

Since time was of the essence for the completion of their projects, the students had to quickly answer the questions on this list and decide what direction they would move towards. In addition, they had to search for scattered items found outdoors to present and express their messages as best as possible, taking their learning and thirst for knowledge outside of the classroom. Among the popular ideas was the pressing issue of air pollution, which everyone knows is quite harmful to the environment. A group of students decided this topic would be their main message for their art piece. And so, they first gathered sticks and placed them in a shape of a chimney on the ground as the foundation. Next, they put both dry and wet sand, as well as fallen leaves at the top of the chimney to represent industrial waste and the effects of air pollution, respectively. This was art that immediately provoked thoughts on eco-friendliness and sustainability.

At BCIS, students are taught and inspired to become compassionate global citizens that help sustain the development of our world. Our Grade 4 students clearly proved this to be the truth with their powerful art emphasizing the importance of environmental protection. Through the young learners’ meticulous planning and efforts, it is hoped that passersby were able to enjoy their works and think about the strong messages conveyed.


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