SIS News Archive
The PreK Photographers
The spark for the ECC Photo Project started when we learned how to take photographs using our shared iPads. First, we learned a few basic elements such as deciding whether a photo was blurry or not centered. The next part was more exciting: our Reading Buddies in Mr. Sheppard's 4th grade class came and helped us practice how to take photos. Through practice, we have learned how to be junior photographers!
After taking photos with our "Buddies," we then chose a favorite photo to include in the ECC art exhibit. Our printed photos were submitted to our Reading Buddies to make inspired artwork.
We are also partnered with Mr. Scott Pratt's 4th grade class at the International School of Tianjin. Mr. Pratt's class will write awesome poems about our photos.
- Al Joseph Cruz, PrK1 Teacher
The Fourth Grade Artists
Students in 4A have been busy working on a collaboration with their ECC reading buddies: the #eccPhoto project! The project began more than one month ago when students in our fourth grade class were partnered with students in ECC 1. After learning about a few photography techniques, fourth graders helped the younger students to take photos on their iPads. The teams worked together to find interesting subject matter in the classroom and in the 'Secret Garden' play area. The photos were then printed out and ECC students selected their favorites. Each ECC child gave their favorite photo to their 4th grade buddy with a challenge to create a piece of artwork to represent that photo. The older students were eager for the assignment, brainstorming many different ways that their artwork could reflect their buddy's photo.
First, the class generated ideas of how to contribute. Some students opted to re-create the photos in a different medium, others wanted to add another visual element to the photographs, and still others wanted to combine photographs with their work to form one giant image. There was also a variety of materials used to produce the pieces. Colored pencils, ink, crayons, and even glitter were used. Students reflected and shared along the way, sometimes changing their idea several times throughout the process. Now, after some hard work and creativity, the finished pieces are finally ready to show!
The photos and artwork will be displayed together at the ECC art show on May 19th and 20th.. 4A is very excited to see their buddy's reaction when the pieces are presented side-by-side. Below is a sneak peak at some of the artwork created...of course we can't give away too much!
- David Sheppard, G4 Teacher