Three dimensional media occupies space defined through the dimensions of height, weight and depth. It includes sculpture, installation and performance art, decorative art and product design.
Two processes are responsible for all three dimensional art: additive, in which material is built up to create form, and subtractive, where material is removed from an existing mass, such as a chunk of stone, wood, or clay.
The additive piece that we created involved a few key materials.
With flour, twigs, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners, we assembled them to create two items: a bird and his nest. Students modeled their nests in several different ways. They enjoyed making up stories about their birds and watching their friends.
Developing a child’s pencil grasp correctly is not just about helping them learn how to write, it is about teaching them how to grip. That is why we are constantly engaging in activities that help your little ones strengthen their fine motor skills, specifically their pencil grasp.
By age 3 to 4 a young child will learn how to write using the static tripod grasp or quadrupod grasp. This grasp consists of them holding writing utensils crudely and using the whole pads of their fingers on the writing utensil.
There also may still be some wrist and forearm movement to move the pencil, with the fingers not moving, or static. For this activity, we practiced strengthening the muscles responsible for this grasp with a squeezing activity.
As part of our “birds” week, we manipulated feathered clothespins, placing them onto trees in our “rainforests”. Students used their quadrupod grasp to grip the pins, creating a very colorful aviary!
Birds occur on land, sea and freshwater, and in virtually every habitat, from the lowest deserts to the highest mountains.
Our knowledge of bird species can tell us a great deal about the state of the world and wider biodiversity. Patterns of bird diversity are driven by fundamental biogeographic factors, with tropical countries (especially in South America) supporting the highest species richness.
One thing we enjoy about birds is. the variety of colors they display. It is for this reason that we spent a few days talking about the birds of the rainforest.
Tropical rainforests are home to many kinds of birds, including parrots, hornbills, toucans, and raptors like eagles, hawks, and vultures.
To help us learn more about these birds and their colors, we created trees made out of colorful pasta! Using their fingers, students strengthened their tripod grasp by placing dyed pasta into skewers. The result is a beautiful bird forest!