At the heart of our art classes, the Grade 1 and Grade 3 students have been on an exciting journey blending nature’s wonders with their artistic flair, all guided by their respective class generative topics. Let’s take a closer look at the beautiful projects they’ve been working on that now decorate our first-floor halls.

Grade 3: Salmon Forest Mural

?אם אין אני לי מי לי, וכשאני לעצמי מה אני, ואם לא עכשיו אימתי

The Grade 3 students immersed themselves in nature by visiting the Humber River to witness the interesting journey of salmon swimming upstream. Guided by the book, “The Salmon Forest,” they delved into the intricate life cycle of salmon, acting as an introduction to learning about ecosystems.  

In art class, collaboration took centre stage as students worked together to compile a list of essential elements for the harmonious flow of the salmon’s environment. Subsequently, they were divided into groups, or chaverutot, each assigned a specific item from the list.

Individual chaveruta groups expressed their creativity by drawing and painting their assigned elements on small squares. The real magic happened when the class reconvened to silently assemble these squares into a stunning mural. Through this process, the students found different ways to communicate, going beyond words and emphasising the importance of collaboration.

Grade 1: Marc Chagall Inspired Paintings

בריאה ועוד בריאה יוצרות בריאה חדשה

Inspired by the Days of Creation, Grade 1 students contemplated the intricate components that contribute to the creation of honey. Using a graphic organiser, they visually represented each item needed for this sweet creation, drawing from the richness of each Day of Creation.

In their art class, students explored the works of the Modernist artist Marc Chagall, renowned for seamlessly blending abstract and figurative elements into dreamlike worlds. Using wax crayons, the students employed a resist technique to draw the necessary items for honey production, adding vibrant watercolours on top.

Encouraged to let their creativity flow, the students created unique paintings inspired by Chagall’s visionary approach. As you admire their artwork, challenge yourself to identify the various elements required for honey production and determine the corresponding Day of Creation. For instance, a flower signifies Day 3, where it was created to provide nectar for the bees, ultimately transforming into honey. What other discoveries can you make within these captivating paintings?

About This Column

The Heschel Gallery is a Heschel Hive column that appears at the end of every rotation throughout the year. It features students’ artwork with an explanation of the project by Morah Lisa for context. This is a wonderful way to appreciate the diversity and beauty of the students’ creations!

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