LS  ART    UNITS  OF  INQUIRY  

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LS ART
Units of
Inquiry

 
 

Ms.  Nadine  Bouliane  
nbouliane.org        
nbouliane@qiss.  org.cn  
 

 

 

VITALITY,  COURAGE,  SENSITIVITY,  INTELLIGENCE,  COMPASSION  

Incredible Me
Ms.  Nadine            
Our  first  unit  of  inquiry  is  underway  in  the  art  
room.    Students  are  engaged  in  an  inquiry  
into  the  nature  of  the  self,  human  
relationships  including  family,  friends,  
communities  and  cultures,  and  the  ways  in  
which  we  express  and  reflect  upon  our  beliefs  
and  values.      The  Lower  School  students  are  
exploring  and  expressing  these  ideas  through  
the  following  themes:  

Pre/Kindergarten: My Super Self

Incredible  ME!    Students  will  explore  their  
identity  through  drawing,  painting,  collage  
and  sculpture  with  projects  emphasizing  an  
understanding  of  line,  shape  and  color.    Final  
projects  include:  designing  and  creating  a  
superhero  costumes  (Pre-­‐K)  and  creating  life  
size  cut  out  sculptures  (Kindergarten).  

Grades 1 and 2: Exploring
Identity through African Art

Our  grade  1’s  and  2’s  will  be  learning  about  
their  incredible  selves  through  an  exploration  
of  culture.    Connecting  to  their  Music  inquiry  
into  African  folk  music,  students  will  discover  
the  powerful  artistic  conventions  of  African  
culture  and  express  their  own  concept  of  self.      
Projects  include  painting,  drawing,  collage  
and  mask  making.    

 

 

 

 
 

Essential Questions
How am I unique?
How have artists used
portraits to convey
ideas?
How can I express
myself through the
language of art?

 

Interdisciplinary Connections

Language  Arts  (Pre-­‐K/K)  Students  will  create  a  story  
prompted  by  their  own  art  works.  

     

Social  studies:  (Gr  1  and  2)  Students  will  learn  how  belief  
systems  are  expressed  and  reflected  in  different  
cultures.  
Science:    (Gr  4)  Students  will  create  portraits  of  fictional  
people  based  on  particular  
material  properties.  
ESLRS:  

Grades 3-5: Realism to
Abstraction in Self-Portraiture

Students  in  grades  3,  4,  and  5  will  dive  into  an  
exploration  of  identity  through  the  self-­‐
portrait.    Our  journey  begins  with  mastering  
skills  of  realistic  representation  and  moves  
through  the  expressive  potential  of  abstract  
art  including  an  understanding  of  portraiture  
throughout  history.      Projects  include  Giant  
Stuffed  Portrait  Busts  (Grade3),  Life  Sized  
Figure  Painting  (Grade  4)  and  Picasso  Paper  
Portraits  (Grade  5)  

                                                                                                                                                       

Intelligence:    
stretching  for  
responses  that  
are  creative  and  
unique.  
Courage:  trying  

  new  experiences  
and  persisting  .  
 

How You Can Help  

Encourage  your  child  to  celebrate  the  differences  that  
make  people  unique.  
Expose  your  child  to  different  expressions  of  culture.

LS  ART    UNITS  OF  INQUIRY  
 

 

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