Thursday, October 21, 2010

Art and Science... Science and Art!

Art integration was truly buzzing at The Academy this week when fourth graders combined their science lesson on plant parts and growth stages with a ceramic fossil leaf bowl.  The perfect weather this week lent itself to the creation of these beautiful works of art.  Students placed their leaves with the vein side down into a slab of clay then used a carving tool to trace around it.  While working they reviewed their science curriculum and even sang the songs they wrote in Mr. Lemmo and Mrs. Walker's class about plant life.  These clay creations will be fired in a kiln and the leaves will burn up and disintegrate off of them (another connection with science!) leaving behind a fossil.  Finally students will glaze them for a gorgeous end product!

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