The world of Spiders

Students learned about the amazing world of the spider and how they are different from and insect. 
Also took a look at famous spiders in literature! 
Building vocabulary and drawing skills.
Observation and Imagination equal Creation 

Louise Bourgeois is an artist who often used a spider/mother
image in her art work 

Spotlight Artist/Scientist Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian (2 April 1647 – 13 January 1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator, a descendant of the Frankfurt branch of the Swiss Merian family. Merian was one of the early European naturalists to observe insects directly.

Reprinted with  from Women in Science. Copyright © 2016 by Rachel Ignotofsky. 
Published by Ten Speed Press,

This is wonderful book about her life 

Images from the book above 

a page from the book 

For more information about Maria Merian I recommend these videos

Caterpillars are Cool

 Kinders had fun learning about different kinds of caterpillars, what caterpillars eat and the huge word metamorphosis. 

They were also introduced to two artists connected to the project: Eric Carle world renown artist/author and scientist/illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian 

The Ancient Aztec Culture

 Connecting to 6th grade Ancient cultures curriculum we looked at the Ancient Aztecs. Building on this information students were able to understand how the Day of Dead celebrations developed. 


Human skeleton

 4th, 5th and 6th grade focused on the Human skeleton, body proportions, skulls and new approaches to portraiture. Here are some of their art influences for the session. 

The human skeleton consists of 206 bones. We are actually born with more bones (about 300), but many fuse together as a child grows up. These bones support your body and allow you to move. Bones contain a lot of calcium (an element found in milk, broccoli, and other foods). Bones manufacture blood cells and store important minerals. 

The longest bone in our bodies is the femur (thigh bone). The smallest bone is the stirrup bone inside the ear. Each hand has 26 bones in it. Your nose and ears are not made of bone; they are made of cartilage, a flexible substance that is not as hard as bone. 

Joints: Bones are connected to other bones at joints. There are many different types of joints, including: fixed joints (such as in the skull, which consists of many bones), hinged joints (such as in the fingers and toes), and ball-and-socket joints (such as the shoulders and hips). 

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Jean-Michel Basquiat at work