Hello Randolph Families!
This is the first edition of our Fine Arts Newsletter. We have a goal to send out these letters once a month to inform you of what the students are learning their art and music classes. We will also include any exciting upcoming fine arts events! For more frequent updates you can also follow us on twitter: @RESArt_Heilmann and @RES_Music_
Ms. Heilmann and Ms. Blevins
We started off the year creating a collaborative art project for International Dot Day which was Sept. 15. Students in K-5 each colored a circle using various drawing materials.
PK and Kindergarten
PK and Kindergarten have been learning about lines and shapes this month. We have been creating art with lots of different kinds of materials including watercolors, collage, oil pastels, and Ipads. This month, we will finish learning about shapes and begin learning about colors.
This month 1st grade reviewed lines and shapes. Now we are learning about geometric shapes by designing a robot. This month we will be discovering the difference between geometric and organic shapes by spending some time on the nature trail!
2nd graders studied artwork by conceptual artist Sol DeWitt. They created concepts for room designs using many different types of lines. All of the 2nd grade designs are in the display case across from the office.
This year 3rd grade students will be taking a journey around the world in art class. We started out in China and learned Chinese brush painting. We even used bamboo brushes. Now we are working on creating symmetrical masks inspired by calavaras the Day of the Dead sugar skulls from Mexico.
4th grade has been studying values. They have been drawing forms and still life from observation. Then coloring them using tints and shades to make them look realistic. This month we will make still objects look like they are moving as we start our stop motion animation unit.
Students in 5th grade have been creating art having to do with identity. The students began the year block printing personal logos. They are finishing up digital and traditional drawn self-portraits. This month we will be creating artwork exploring their alter egos.
Lots of things have been happening in the music world this month! All grade levels have been reviewing important melodic & rhythmic concepts and skills!
PK and Kindergarten
Kindergarten and Pre-K have been working on the many ways to show a steady beat! Did you know that new research shows that student’s ability to keep a beat may have an impact on their literacy skills? We have been showing steady beats with our bodies, voices, and on instruments! We have also been practicing tracking the steady beat at the board, reading from left to right. This is how we begin learning to read rhythms.
First grade has been very busy in the music room! They have been focusing on two main goals: reading and notating high & low notes on a two line staff, and reading and notating quarter and eighth note patterns! We have so many favorite songs and games that feature these two concepts. Be sure to ask your first grader about Queen, Queen Caroline, Cobbler Cobbler, or See Saw!
Movement is always integral to our learning in the music room! German composer & renowned music educator Carl Orff once said that “music is never just music, it is bound up with movement, dance and speech.” In Second Grade, we have been working on identifying locomotor and nonlocomotor movement, in addition to choosing appropriate movements to match various styles of music. We have also been working on putting rhythm patterns including quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests on instruments, as well as reviewing our pitches mi, sol, and la!
Our Third grade Roadrunners have been hard at work reviewing all known solfege pitches (do, re, mi, sol & la) and their relationships aurally, as well as on the written musical staff. So many great songs use this five note scale, called the pentatonic scale! Check out this video of Bobby McFerrin highlighting the pentatonic scales ubiquitous nature. They have also been reviewing rhythms including: quarter notes, half notes, eighth notes, quarter rests, and half rests.
Studying musical form is one of my most FAVORITE units. ABA form (same, different, same) form is prevalent both in popular music (think chorus, verse, chorus) and in the classic repertoire of composers like Bach and Mozart! In Fourth grade, we are reviewing how to aurally identify and label different sections of music to establish a form. There are so many great ways to illustrate this concept: one of my favorite being through folk dance! Students can not only HEAR the changes in the music, but can FEEL the differences based on what they are doing with their bodies. Check out these Fourth Grader’s rocking out to Paige’s Train! They are also reviewing all known rhythms and solfege.
Another one of my most favorite things to cultivate is students’ appreciation and skills in musical improvisation! In Fifth Grade, we have been working on learning how to improvise and “make it sound more musical.” We have been exploring improvisation with our bodies, and on the barred instruments. We have also been reviewing all known rhythms, solfege, AND absolute letter names for pitches. It is so exciting to see how far these students have come since 3rd grade when I arrived at Randolph!
Keep a look out for more updates about chorus, orff, and the upcoming Symphony Field Trip on October 18th!
Oct. 13- Oct. 15
It’s time again for the Richmond Folk Festival. This is a FREE 3 day event whichcelebrate folk music from all over the world. There are a lot of kids friendly programs.Oct. 14 11AM – 3PM
Family day at the VMFA. Celebrate Native American Art and Culture! There are crafts, music, and dancing. This is FREE event that is fun for the whole family.
4th and 5th Grade Field trip to the Richmond Symphony
Oct. 19th 6:30 – 7:30PM
Grandparents and Special Guest night at RES. Stop by Ms. Heilmann’s room to get your picture taken at the photo booth with wacky wild west props!