Third graders created these works of computer-aided design (CAD) with Sketch Up for Schools software on their Chromebooks. By using this geometry-based digital tool, students learn that lines can be used to form planes and that planes can become components of complex structures.
Recently, students in the third grade art classes have been learning the basics of computer-aided design (CAD) with Sketch Up for Schools software on their Chromebooks. This work is conceptually related to the geometry-based sculptures that students create in the primary and intermediate grades at our school. In our intermediate and middle school art classes, students have the opportunity to work creatively with digital technologies that can lead them toward careers in engineering, architecture, and various types of design.
Recently, the 7C Art class has been creating virtual 3D models of animal cells with Tinkercad computer-aided design software on iPads. Students imported photos of their CAD models into the Sketchbook or Google Slides apps, where labels and background colors were added.
This week's student art features watercolor paintings by 2nd graders. Students drew, cut, and assembled relatively simple paper shapes to make the more complex structures of the birds. The watercolor shapes and patterns in the sky area echo the shapes of the birds, thus helping to create compositional unity in the paintings.
Mr. John Bell, Art Teacher
Mr. Bell focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and presented STREAM (Science, Religion, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) workshops at the Diocesan Teacher Conference, as well as multiple workshops throughout his years in the Diocese.