Beauty in their eyes | 雙語部五年級探究課程
北京王府外國語學校小學雙語部五年級，在本月探究課上研究關于藝術表達的課題。本單元的中心思想是：人們以不同的方式表達美以及對美的欣賞。三條線索分別是：1. 人們認為“美”有很多形式。2. 人們如何用藝術來表達個性特征。3. 人們可以使用不同的媒介表達自己。
The Grade 5 students in PYP are studying the topic of artistic expression in the latest inquiry class. Where does art come from? How do people express themselves through art? What is visual art and performing art? Our central idea for this unit is: People express beauty and show their appreciation of it in different ways. Our lines of inquiry are: 1. People have different views of beauty. 2. How people use arts to express individuality. 3. The mediums people use to express themselves. Last week, we have invited four guest speakers coming into our classroom to share their views of beauty.
On the morning of September 16th, we had honor to invite two parents of our students, Ivy’s mom and Tracy’s dad. When Ivy’s mother, who has designing background, heard that the children are doing art exploration, she actively signed up and wanted to contribute to the class. She brought a course on “Expression of Beauty in Fashion Design”. Whether it is the beauty of nature or the beauty of art, it comes from life. Ivy’s mother told the children that everyone can discover and create their own beauty with their heart. Taking the “Yuki” image designed by Chai Ivy herself as an example, Ivy’s mother introduced how to use a brush to create and design the image of this snow country angel. After proofing by the factory, combined with the designer’s packaging, the process of finally turning into a product. The emergence of the image of “Yuki” tells children that everyone can become a designer, as long as you have the eyes to discover beauty.
Another VIP teacher, Tracy Wang ‘s father, has participated in the stage design of many national dance dramas. He used storytelling to show children the background knowledge and stage art of the Thousand-Hand Guanyin Dance Drama. “A long, long time ago, there was a plague in the country, just like our current epidemic. But the king Huiyuan at that time was not immune. The third princess is kind-hearted and willing to risk finding the life-saving lotus flower to save the people and her Father…” After listening to the narration of Tracy’s father, we realized that there was such a folk story behind the original dance drama. “What is the connection between you and this work?” “Why are there only the little princess who doesn’t get sick?”… The children listened carefully and asked all kinds of interesting and naughty questions. Tracy’s father also prepared a lot of beautiful stage photos, but because the format is not compatible on the computer, Tracy’s father held up his laptop to show the children.
At the end of the course, Ivy’s mother asked Chai Ivy, the designer of “Yuki”, to distribute the “Yuki” dolls for everyone. “Her watery eyes are blue, like precious sapphires, the snow-white wings, the snowflakes printed on her chest, and the crescent moon hanging on her forehead, like a dreamlike fairy…”
On the afternoon of September 18th, we invited three students from the high school. The three girls are good at graphic design and illustration. The first girl talked about the definition of beauty. She mentioned Picasso’s paintings, which were not popular in the early days, and Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait, who always drawstraight united eyebrows of herself, which provide special feelings. She introduced the graphic design that she is good at. She thought that the design could be divided into visual influence and practicality. Although the graphic design was two-dimensional, she wanted to find three-dimensional things in two-dimensional space. The girl told our students, don’t be afraid of your painting that is not beautiful enough, there will be someone always appreciate it.Every artist is different, they want to show a different style through their artworks. As long as your painting has tension, andthe essence part shows out.
The other two students are learning about illustration. They introduced the steps of illustration and their creative inspiration by showing a ball falling from the table to the ground. They also discussed with ourstudentsabout what art is and what beauty is. Then each student was given a blank sheet of paper and asked to draw something they thought was beautiful and share why they thought it was beautiful.