For our last unit collaboration with P5 Homeroom, P5 students focused on the central idea: Media has the power to influence thinking and behavior. Students inquired into the form and function of different types of media throughout this unit, and in Visual Arts, students focused on graphic design. In particular, students explored how art elements like line, shape and color are used in graphic design to communicate ideas and meaning, as well as to create visual emphasis in compositions.
As we worked through the unit, students learned about the career of graphic designers and how they are hired to create media for companies that are seeking to advertise or raise awareness about their goods and services. As the final project for our unit, Visual Arts collaborated with the Public Relations department to hire P5 students as graphic designers. Students were able to put their knowledge into action for this real-world project. Their mission was to create media to be shared on social media platforms that helps build awareness of our school’s mission:
XLIS provides a non-profit education focsued on enabling confident, open-minded global citizens through life-long learning and a sense of community.
Students were asked to choose one key word from our school’s mission and create shareable media that would inform people around the world of the meaning of these important key words of our school’s mission. Students created images that communicated their ideas, and created an original tagline that shows what that word means to them. Students incorporated technology into this project by uploading their illustrated work onto iPads and using a photo/graphic editing app to enhance their work and add appropriate fonts digitally.
After completing their work, students reflected on the process and how they felt about the challenges their faced and opportunities they had to put their knowledge into action.
“I like this project because we can share our minds and ideas. It’s fun to use the app we used. It’s good to share what the school’s mission means to us. It makes me happy.”
——Kim Garam P5C
“I enjoyed using apps to make graphic design artwork. I’m very happy to share my artwork with people in other countries.”
—— Kim Irene P5C
We had a lot of fun collaborating with the PR department to create a meaningful, real-world learning experience for P5 students. I look forward to planning future collaborations with different departments of our school and making the Visual Arts fun and meaningful for all students!
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Alexandra Stewart（Primary Visual Arts Teacher）