Event Date: December 18, 2020
A Winter Wonderland
This year, the parents came to watch their children perform Christmas songs and dances. The groups were a bit mixed this year as the upper primary was separated by girls and boys rather than class. The teachers performed two songs with dancing and Santa made an appearance. After the performances, everyone enjoyed a potluck lunch and a picture with Santa. Additionally, there was a talent show after the main event.
Checkout the Christmas 2020 Summary Video.
Each year at the D-Prep Christmas Event, we hold an art auction to celebrate the children’s creativity and achievements in the visual arts. Each grade produces two artworks themed around their learning in visual arts or from other subject areas.
Some stills from D-PREP students’ performances.
Annual Art Auction
The students plan and collaborate with each other, guided by the art teacher to create their group artworks. The art auction gives students a chance to combine techniques and art-making processes to create a fully realized artwork, culminating in a showcase to parents and peers whilst also raising money for a good cause.
This year students showcased a wide range of artistic mediums, from traditional canvas paintings to textile arts, such as batik and tie-dye.
Nursery and kindergarten students utilized stencils to carefully paint their canvases along with learning how to create patterned paper effects such as marbling.
Kindergarten 2 took inspiration from Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock to create two colorful artworks that demonstrated their learning about primary and secondary colors along with the mixing of tints and shades.
Grade 1 students took the theme of cycles and seasons from their unit of inquiry to create paintings based on the seasons of Fall and Spring. Each class also learned about the importance of recycling and caring for our planet, creating upcycled shopping bags from donated clothes and scrap materials.
Grade 2 created two mixed media artworks, combining their learning about patterns and visual rhythm with their learning of different cultures. Taking influence from the Brazilian Pop artist Romero Britto the students created a mixed media collage called ‘PB&J’. The collage depicted the Taoist symbol of yin and yang made from contrasting patterned paper. The students said they chose the name ‘PB&J’ because like the food it’s made from many contrasting layers.
The Grade 3/4 class looked at the beauty of rocks and minerals for their inspiration. Whilst learning about different rocks and their uses in their Unit of Inquiry, they realized that many rocks have beautiful patterns. They created their painting ‘Island in the Ocean’ based on the patterns of agate stone. Using acrylic paint on canvas they mixed up different shades, tints, and tones of blue and yellow to mimic the pattern they observed in agate stone samples.
Finally, Grade 5/6 created a large group landscape painting, inspired by the artwork of David Hockney. Students created observational drawings as the starting point of this painting, depicting the park behind the school. They then experimented with contrasting colors and various tools to create the different textures of the flowers, trees, and grass observed in the park.
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