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Seventh graders have recently been creating mini-golf lanes (or holes) with Tinkercad computer-aided design software on their iPads. Mr. Bell and Mrs. Cvetan developed this math-art integrated STREAM assignment. In the first stage of the project, students create and label the segments of their putting lanes, as well as obstacles that contact the putting surface. In Mrs. Cvetan's math class, students use measurements of components of their models to calculate surface area, volume, perimeter, and cost of materials. Their math calculations relate to the putting surface and walls. Students express themselves creatively by making elaborate sculptural forms above or around the putting area. In addition to their time in art class, students of 7W and 7C have been team-taught by Mrs. Cvetan and Mr. Bell for about 45 minutes per week. All of the forms in these virtual 3D models were created by our student artists with only the simple shape tools of the Tinkercad engineering software.
For their giraffe paintings, kindergarten art students traced cardboard rectangles to draw the main shapes of the bodies of the animals. By arranging the rectangles to create the general shapes of the giraffes, students learned that simple shapes can be used to make more complex forms. Tempera paint was applied with cotton swabs and fingers.
The below Videos titled "5 Green Art Class Flapping Birds" and "5 Blue Art Class Flapping Birds" show our fifth graders flapping the wings of their origami creations and practicing their bird calls.
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.